Observations of Student Behavior in Collaborative Learning Groups

Adams, Jeff P. and Brissenden, Gina and Lindell, Rebecca, S. and Slater, Timothy F. and Wallace, Joy (2001) Observations of Student Behavior in Collaborative Learning Groups. Astronomy Education Review, 1 (1). ISSN 15391515

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Abstract

In an effort to determine how our students were responding to the use of collaborative learning groups in our large enrollment introductory astronomy (ASTRO 101) courses, we systematically observed the behavior of 270 undergraduate students working in 48 self-formed groups. Their observed behaviors were classified as: (i) actively engaged; (ii) watching actively; (iii) watching passively; and (iv) disengaged. We found that male behavior is consistent regardless of the sex-composition of the groups. However, females were categorized as watching passively and or disengaged significantly more frequently when working in groups that contained uneven numbers of males and females. This case study observation suggests that faculty who use collaborative learning groups might find that the level of student participation in collaborative group learning activities can depend on the sex-composition of the group.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 06:36
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/893

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