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A Study of Informal Learning Communities: a Tale of Two Physics Courses
written by Yuehai Yang, Binod Nainabasti, David T. Brookes, and Eric Brewe
We asked students in two second-semester introductory college physics courses to report on a weekly basis who they worked with on physics outside of class time. One course was a lecture-based course while the second was a studio-based student-centered course implementing the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE). We used social network analysis to visualize and quantify each student's position and engagement in the informal learning community that formed outside of class. Our study analyzed the relationship between students' network positions as they worked together in groups outside the classroom with their performance in the course. We interpreted our results through a participationist viewpoint on learning. Comparisons between the two courses revealed interesting similarities and differences. While the learning communities in these two distinct settings may look very different, our results showed the overarching importance of informal learning communities irrespective of course type.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 283 - 286
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- Behavior
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- Lower Undergraduate
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.067
NSF Number:
0802184
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2014, PageRank Centrality, Participation, Social Network Analysis
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 20, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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Y. Yang, B. Nainabasti, D. Brookes, and E. Brewe, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13506&DocID=4101).
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Y. Yang, B. Nainabasti, D. Brookes, and E. Brewe, A Study of Informal Learning Communities: a Tale of Two Physics Courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13506&DocID=4101>.
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Yang, Y., Nainabasti, B., Brookes, D., & Brewe, E. (2014, July 30-31). A Study of Informal Learning Communities: a Tale of Two Physics Courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13506&DocID=4101
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Yang, Y, B. Nainabasti, D. Brookes, and E. Brewe. "A Study of Informal Learning Communities: a Tale of Two Physics Courses." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13506&DocID=4101 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Yang, Yuehai, Binod Nainabasti, David T. Brookes, and Eric Brewe. "A Study of Informal Learning Communities: a Tale of Two Physics Courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 283 - 286 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13506&DocID=4101>.
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