ERIC Number: ED555379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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What Do Students Do in Self-Formed Mathematics Study Groups?
Galle, Gillian E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of New Hampshire
An implicit assumption of many university classes is that students will spend a large amount of time outside the classroom refining their understanding of the material to develop mastery of the concepts. This is especially true in first year mathematics courses at the undergraduate level. However, little is known about what students do to fulfill this didactical contract with their instructors. The currently available research relies primarily on self-reported data from the students collected through questionnaires or interviews. This study sought to start describing what students do while studying mathematics in a self-created group outside of the classroom setting through direct observation. In particular, this study provides a mathematical foundation for determining study groups, identifies what materials students utilize while studying together, develops a method for describing the activities that occur over the course of a study session through the use of macrotasks and microtasks, and identifies what roles students enacted during group problem solving sessions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, College Mathematics, Study Habits, Group Activities, Communities of Practice, Mastery Learning, Problem Solving, Student Role, Extracurricular Activities, Reading Material Selection, Observation
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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