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ERIC Number: EJ784361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Learners' Perceptions of the Role of Peers in a Research Experience: Implications for the Apprenticeship Process, Scientific Inquiry, and Collaborative Work
Grindstaff, Kelly; Richmond, Gail
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v45 n2 p251-271 Feb 2008
This study investigates the interaction between four pairs of high school students in a 7-week national research apprenticeship program. Each student was interviewed about perceptions of experiences working with a peer in the same setting, and the resulting stories were analyzed. Through discourse analysis of the interviews and interrelated analyses of data from journals and responses on pre- and postprogram questionnaires, three types of support were identified that students experienced to varying degrees: social-emotional, social-technical, and social-cognitive. It is concluded that social-cognitive support is best engendered if there is sufficient similarity of problems and processes, and ample room for different results and debate about interpretation. Additionally, the culture and reward system students work within (i.e., classrooms) must encourage discussion of ideas and value an outsider's perspective, in recognition of the roles creativity, uncertainty, and ambiguity play in science. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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