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Abstract Title: Evidence for Effective Group Work in Studio Physics
Abstract: Group work in environments such as studio physics, or SCALE-UP, has been promoted as a method of improving students' conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. However, strategies for creating effective groups and teaching students to work together effectively in university physics classes have not been sufficiently tested. In order to study these strategies, we must first determine what constitutes an effective group and what constitutes an ineffective group. We recorded video of groups in the introductory calculus-based physics sequence at Texas A&M University-Commerce over the course of several semesters. Groups were recorded completing tutorials, problem-solving activities, and labs. In each class section, the instructor suggested a "good" group and a "bad" group to be recorded. Video data has been coded using a scheme designed to examine epistemological framing, and social network analysis has been conducted. We present evidence for what constitutes effective group work.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C47

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robynne Lock
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Commerce, TX 75429
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melanie Schroers, Nicole Gentry, Trever Bench
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Texas A&M University-Commerce