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Learning science in groups – a multianalytical perspective on constituting and participating in spaces of learning

Åke Ingerman ; Maria Berge (Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (Chalmers))
The 14th Biennial Conference EARLI, Exeter, UK, 30 August - 3 September 2011 (2011)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

What can be learned by whom in groups discussing physics? This paper offers results based on empirical material from audio and video recorded small groups of three to four university students discussing and solving physics problems in Newtonian mechanics. In addressing the question, we have foregrounded aspects in relation to the knowledge content. However, in order to more fully understand the situation, we have applied two distinct analytical frameworks – phenomenography and position theory – which are primarily focused on how the learning possibilities are constituted in the group discussion and the discursive and social aspects of the group work, respectively. Bringing the results of these two analyses together reveal some interesting connections, like that the character of the storylines links to certain characters of learning possibilities. We will also discuss the basis for and implications of addressing the same learning events with parallel theoretical perspectives, phenomenography and variation theory on the one hand and situated learning and position theory on the other hand, in relation to a pragmatic aim of improving university science teaching and learning and in relation to a research-framed aim of understanding learning processes in science education.

Nyckelord: Classroom Discourse, Phenomenography and Variation Theory, Social Interaction in Learning and Instruction

Denna post skapades 2011-09-26. Senast ändrad 2013-05-15.
CPL Pubid: 146606


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för didaktik och pedagogisk profession (GU)
Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi (Chalmers) (2003-2017)


Subject didactics

Chalmers infrastruktur