Emergent roles, collaboration, and conceptual outcomes for two eighth-grade groups in cscl science classes

Catherine L. Dornfeld Tissenbaum, Dana Gnesdilow, Nicole D. Martin, Sadhana Puntambekar

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Abstract

When collaborating in groups, students may assume emergent roles as they interact over time. Emergent leadership can improve group functioning, but this depends on how leadership is supported by group members. We studied how roles emerged in two groups of eighth-graders participating in CSCL activities over a 12-week science unit. A leader emerged in each group, but through different processes. Group A showed greater distribution of contributions to decision-making and science talk than Group B, as well as greater conceptual gains on a content test. In contrast, Group B focused more on off-task talk than Group A. While our sample is too small to make causal claims, better distribution of contributions to talk and on-task participation seemed to positively impact collaboration and learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Wide Lens
Subtitle of host publicationCombining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsKristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoue, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages672-675
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467248
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/17/196/21/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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    Dornfeld Tissenbaum, C. L., Gnesdilow, D., Martin, N. D., & Puntambekar, S. (2019). Emergent roles, collaboration, and conceptual outcomes for two eighth-grade groups in cscl science classes. In K. Lund, G. P. Niccolai, E. Lavoue, C. Hmelo-Silver, G. Gweon, & M. Baker (Eds.), A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 672-675). (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 2). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).