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Abstract Title: Performance and Active Engagement through the Lens of Classroom Networks
Abstract: Theories developed by Tinto and Nora identify academic performance, learning gains, and student involvement in learning communities as important facets of student engagement that support student persistence. Collaborative learning environments, such as those employed in the Modeling Instruction (MI) introductory physics course, are considered especially important. Due to the inherently social nature of collaborative learning, we examine student social interactions in the classroom using Network Analysis methods to analyze a survey administered periodically in class. We then calculate centrality, a family of measures that quantify how connected or "central" a particular student is within the classroom social network. Building on previous work indicating relationships between classroom interactions and performance, we investigate this relationship further to better understand how student engagement manifests in the context of a large-scale MI course at Florida International University.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eric A. Williams
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-2605
and Co-Presenter(s)
Justyna P. Zwolak, Eric Brewe, Remy Dou
Florida International University