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Abstract Title: Navigating conceptual uncertainties and socio-emotional risks in small-group work
Abstract: Supporting students' sense-making in discussions and labs is an important goal of college physics instruction. In this study, we explore how students navigate the socio-emotional risks of collaboration during moments of conceptual uncertainty while doing a lab activity. Attending to sense-making in the video recording of one group's work, we contrasted two episodes where the quality of their collaboration played out differently. We found that one of the group members changed how they navigated the tension that arose within the group from episode 1 to 2, going from disengagement to forceful idea-sharing, which increased the risk of disagreement in the second episode and hindered the group's sense-making progress. This case study shows how different approaches to socio-emotional risks could lead to different conceptual results of group work, contributing another example to a body of work showing how achieving our objectives for collaborative learning depends on careful attention to students' epistemological, conceptual, and socio-emotional resources.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session 2 Room A
Poster Number: 2A-3
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Muxin Zhang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 6073798262
and Co-Presenter(s)
Katherine Ansell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eric Kuo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign