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ERIC Number: EJ770050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
The Interpersonal Dynamics of Collaborative Reasoning in Peer Interactive Dyads
Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Kaartinen, Sinikka
Journal of Experimental Education, v71 n4 p333-370 Sum 2003
The authors investigated the microlevel processes of collaborative reasoning in heterogeneous peer dyads working on an open-design task in elementary geometry. Special attention was paid to the nature of student social interaction, problem-solving strategies, and mathematical language and how they shape collaborative problem-solving processes. Qualitative case-based analyses of 3 focal dyads reveal that collaborative reasoning was supported by equal participation in social interaction, consisting of joint negotiation of problem-solving strategies and active conceptualization and visualization of the situation. Challenges to collaboration were manifested in the existence of divergent strategies and verbal conceptualizations where negotiation did not lead to the construction of a shared understanding. In summary, the study demonstrates the power of microlevel process analyses in revealing the interpersonal dynamics of collaborative reasoning and shows how those dynamics mediate the learning opportunities in peer interactive dyads. (Contains 1 figure and 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland