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ERIC Number: EJ906591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Investigating Science Collaboratively: A Case Study of Group Learning
Zinicola, Debra A.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v3 n2 p128-138 2009
Discussions of one urban middle school group of students who were investigating scientific phenomena were analyzed; this study was conducted to discern if and how peer interaction contributes to learning. Through a social constructivist lens, case study methodology, we examined conceptual change among group members. Data about science talk was collected throughout 9 weeks and through 12 problem-solving sessions. Quantitative data included pre- and post-assessments. Qualitative data encompassed field notes, transcriptions of student talk, reflective journals, and focus group interviews. Comparisons of pre- and post-assessments revealed conceptual gains for each session. Transcription analysis uncovered specific types of talk that facilitated learning. Reflections and interviews provided students' perspectives about group process. Variations in learning were attributed to task difficulty, cognitive development, and quality of verbalizations. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey