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ERIC Number: EJ938441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0899-3408
Making Visible the Behaviors that Influence Learning Environment: A Qualitative Exploration of Computer Science Classrooms
Barker, Lecia J.; Garvin-Doxas, Kathy
Computer Science Education, v14 n2 p119-145 2004
The authors conducted ethnographic research to provide deep understanding of the learning environment of a selection of computer science classrooms at a large, research university in the United States. Categories emerging from data analysis included (1) impersonal environment and guarded behavior; and (2) the creation and maintenance of informal hierarchy resulting in competitive behaviors. Both of these categories describe patterns of recurring communication taking place in the classroom learning environments. We identify particular and recognizable types of discourse, which, when prevalent in a classroom, can preclude the development of a collaborative and/or supportive learning environment. Alternative communication choices, both explicit and implicit, can lead to a more balanced and supportive climate for learning. An example of a successful effort to alter traditional patterns of interaction, without compromising the quality of learning, in a higher education astrophysics class is presented. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A