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Abstract Title: Challenges and Successes in reconciling different ideas during group work
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: One idealized view of collaborative problem solving is that students with different understandings of a problem can learn by sharing their ideas and discussing them. In this study, we analyzed videos of group work to understand how discussing and reaching shared understanding of different ideas during collaboration can be challenging and how it can be successful. We found that, in cases when a group fails to reconcile different ideas, each student defends their own line of reasoning and may even epistemologically reject another way of thinking.  By contrast, in a case when students reach a group resolution, students respond to each other's reasoning and establish a common ground that incorporates different lines of reasoning. We will discuss connections to existing models of collaboration and potential implications for facilitating group work.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-76

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Muxin Zhang
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign