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Abstract Title: Developing valid assessments of group effectiveness
Abstract: Effective groups are critical for the successful functioning of a student-centered, inquiry-based physics classroom. Research into group intelligence has shown that groups are more successful when group members are more socially sensitive. Yet many of the tests used to measure group performance have not been research-validated. As part of an ongoing project to understand the social factors that make groups more successful, we are developing a set of research-validated tests to measure group effectiveness. In this poster we will present the results of our exploratory work. In particular we are interested in identifying various dimensions of group performance such as efficiency and innovation. And examining whether, and how much, social sensitivity of group members is predictive of performance on these various dimensions. We will also examine whether the tests we develop are predictive of the group's ability to succeed on open-ended physics tasks that are typical of inquiry-based physics classrooms.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David Brookes
California State University, Chico
400 W. First St.
Chico, CA 95929-0202
Phone: 8483910527
and Co-Presenter(s)
Tori Goff, California State University, Chico