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Quantifying the linguistic persistence of high and low performers in an online student forum
written by Carissa Myers, Elizabeth Fox, Adrienne L. Traxler, and Andrew Gavrin
This work uses recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) to analyze the online forum discussion between students in an introductory physics course. Previous network and content analysis found differences in student conversations occurring between semesters of data from an introductory physics course; this led us to probe which concepts occur and persist within conversations. RQA is a dynamical systems technique to map the number and structure of repetitions for a time series. We treat the transcript of forum conversations as a time series to investigate and apply RQA techniques to it. We characterize the forum behaviors of high and low scoring students, such as their percentage of recurring topics and persistence of discussing a topic over time. We quantify how high scoring and low scoring students use online discussion forum and test whether different patterns exist for these groups. This work is the first adaptation of recurrence quantification methods from the field of psychology for physics education research. Using RQA, there was not a general, observable difference in how the two different groups, high- and low-scoring students, used the forum; however, there were differences when focusing in on and comparing one high-scoring student and one low-scoring student. This technique has the potential for analyzing other PER data such as interviews or student discussions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 402-407
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C. Myers, E. Fox, A. Traxler, and A. Gavrin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15310&DocID=5222).
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C. Myers, E. Fox, A. Traxler, and A. Gavrin, Quantifying the linguistic persistence of high and low performers in an online student forum, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15310&DocID=5222>.
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Myers, C., Fox, E., Traxler, A., & Gavrin, A. (2019, July 24-25). Quantifying the linguistic persistence of high and low performers in an online student forum. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15310&DocID=5222
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Myers, C, E. Fox, A. Traxler, and A. Gavrin. "Quantifying the linguistic persistence of high and low performers in an online student forum." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15310&DocID=5222 (accessed 22 October 2021).
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Myers, Carissa, Elizabeth Fox, Adrienne Traxler, and Andrew Gavrin. "Quantifying the linguistic persistence of high and low performers in an online student forum." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 402-407 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15310&DocID=5222>.
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@inproceedings{ Author = "Carissa Myers and Elizabeth Fox and Adrienne Traxler and Andrew Gavrin", Title = {Quantifying the linguistic persistence of high and low performers in an online student forum}, BookTitle = {Physics Education Research Conference 2019}, Pages = {402-407}, Address = {Provo, UT}, Series = {PER Conference}, Month = {July 24-25}, Year = {2019} }
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