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ERIC Number: EJ787585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Appropriating Roles and Relations of Power in Collaborative Learning
Ares, Nancy
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v21 n2 p99-121 Mar 2008
Using situated social practice theories to investigate classroom interactions highlights the mutually constitutive nature of students' activity and classroom practices. Combined with examination of the circulation and techniques of power, students' appropriation of roles and redistribution of power is illuminated. In this case study, a teacher's hierarchical collaborative learning system spread rights to exercise power differentially among students. Analyses revealed the ways in which students appropriated that structure to construct a more egalitarian system, as well as the inherent tensions and contradictions that accompanied that appropriation. Their reproduction and transformation of roles and power in the collaborative learning system afforded opportunities to engage as active agents; to participate in the construction of knowledge, skills and practices; and to contribute meaningfully to the social and academic life of the classroom. The hope is to contribute to theory and practice in a way that addresses the complexity of collaborative learning and resists simplistic adoptions that may undermine student learning and agency. (Contains 2 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A