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Abstract Title: Improving Interpersonal Communication Skills in College Science on a Student-Centered Classroom
Abstract: The ACE classroom (Spanish for Student-Centered Learning), based on SCALE-UP aims to establish a high collaborative participation and interactive learning environment [1]. Previous studies used qualitative video analysis to identify clusters of behavior that reflect verbal reasoning [2]. A multiple-case study was conducted using the heuristic for Taxonomies of Interpersonal Skills [3]. A total of 720 minutes of videorecordings were analyzed including sessions from both introductory physics and mathematics courses offered in ACE classroom during Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. There was a high recurrence for altercentrism ability and a large number of expressions of care and support among members of each team. There was also a considerable change in the communication context from a 10% academic at the beginning to nearly 90% by the end of the semester. These results confirm that design enables a collaborative learning environment and promotes development of students' interpersonal skills.
1. R. Beichner, in Research-Based Reform of University Physics (2007), Vol. 1.
2. L. Conlin, A. Gupta, R. Scherr, and D. Hammer, AIP Conference Proceedings, 951, 69-72, 2007.
3. M. Knapp & J. Daly. Handbook of Interpersonal Communication. (SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2002).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Diana T. Moreno
Tecnologico de Monterrey
E. Garza Sada 2501
Monterrey, Non U.S. 64849
Phone: 528183582000, ext. 4631
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Teresita Marin-Suarez
Tecnologico de Monterrey

Paulina Dominguez
Tecnologico de Monterrey

Genaro Zavala
Tecnologico de Monterrey