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Engle, Randi A.; Langer-Osuna, Jennifer M.; McKinney de Royston, Maxine – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2014
It is commonly observed that during classroom or group discussions some students have greater influence than may be justified by the normative quality of those students' contributions. We propose a 5-component theoretical framework in order to explain how undue influence unfolds. We build on literatures on persuasion, argumentation, discourse, and…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Influences, Models, Group Discussion
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Resnick, Mitchel; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 1998
Argues that role-playing activities can be a powerful tool in mathematics and science education, particularly in the new sciences of complexity (i.e., the study of complex systems). Two role-playing activities are described, each designed to help students develop better intuitions on how complex phenomena can arise from simple interactions, and…
Descriptors: Decentralization, Group Activities, Group Dynamics, Learning Activities