ERIC Number: ED446913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Student-Student Negotiation: Characteristics of Constructing Understanding. Second Year Project.
Rivas, Michael G.
The purpose of this study was to examine student-student negotiation of understanding. The goal was to see how students negotiate, what norms affect students during negotiation, and what characteristics influence student negotiation. The study's participants were non-science majors engaged in cooperative learning groups during a 10 week summer session in Argentina. The course was a general education science course taken by students from a local university in its international program. The students were placed randomly in groups of four and videotaped as they attempted to reach a group understanding for a discrepant event. In addition to the videotaping, classroom artifacts were examined using an ethnographic approach. The preliminary results indicate that, as students negotiate with each other, prior experience plays a vital role in the construction of knowledge. Also, as students negotiate for understanding, they are affected by the status given certain members of the group by the group. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Foreign Countries, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Nonmajors, Science Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina