ERIC Number: EJ1098151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of Social Interaction on Student Learning
Hurst, Beth; Wallace, Randall; Nixon, Sarah B.
Reading Horizons, v52 n4 Article 5 p375-398 Sep-Oct 2013
Due to the lack of student engagement in the common lecture-centered model, we explored a model of instructional delivery where our undergraduate and graduate classes were structured so that students had opportunities for daily interaction with each other. Specifically, we examined how students perceived the value of social interaction on their learning by reflecting on their classroom experiences at the end of each class period. Three literacy teacher preparation courses during a summer session were chosen for this study based on the highly interactive nature of each course. The purpose of the study was not to determine the difference between different models of instruction, but to determine our students' perceptions of the value of the social interaction that was taking place in our classrooms on their learning. The findings reveal that students in all three courses perceived that social interaction improved their learning by enhancing their knowledge of literacy and teaching and their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Learning, Student Experience, Preservice Teacher Education, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Literacy, Preservice Teachers, Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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