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Abstract Title: Student interactions leading to learning and transfer: A participationist perspective
Abstract: At Florida International University we've been experimenting with a novel exam format. We've been giving our introductory physics students a group exam followed by an individual exam that contains transfer questions related to the group exam. The group exam requires students to work together on a difficult new problem. This format reflects one of our primary learning goals for our students: to be able to learn physics on their own. Videos of the group exam reveal that students are highly collaborative and engage in productive learning activities; such as, sense-making and constructing new representations. The question addressed in this poster is: Is students' participation in the group exam related to their ability to transfer their knowledge to the embedded questions? We present analysis that shows that students' ability to transfer their knowledge is related to how much they participate and more subtly, how they participate in sensemaking and representational activities.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexander Moncion
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
David T. Brookes, Florida International University
Yuhfen Lin, Florida International University

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