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Learning in a Group, as a Group, and between Groups

Authors
  • Gouvea, Julia Svoboda1
  • 1 Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155
Type
Published Article
Journal
CBE Life Sciences Education
Publisher
American Society for Cell Biology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
18
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1187/cbe.19-03-0067
PMID: 31144571
PMCID: PMC6755208
Source
PubMed Central
License
Green

Abstract

Learning in groups is a common feature of science classrooms. The three articles I have chosen to feature in this installment of Current Insights reflect recent research of group learning at different scales. The first examines within-group dynamics, identifying interactions among students that allow scientific sense-making discussions to begin and continue. The second proposes to study groups as the unit of analysis, asking why some groups are able to persevere in the face of challenging problems. The third considers the potential for learning to occur between groups, through connections in students’ extended social networks. Each brings new ideas and questions to the study of group learning.

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