Thursday, June 28
3:30-3:50 PM
Oud West

Student engagement through social construction of meaning

Brief Paper ID: 52482
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    Ellen Taricani
    Penn State University

Abstract: In completing specific tasks, groups can reflect on the impact of constructing and designing a group project while multiple individual models and background are combined in a type of social influence. Objects are introduced to enhance thinking and processing of concepts toward a better and more complete result. The end result is more student engagement and inclusion of individual thinking. Using devices or drawings to express our thoughts is a common practice but building devices and assembling them into a form of community takes more consideration and processing. Students are often expected to establish connections and share knowledge for group collaborative work in order to share meaning. Many times groups gather and discuss ideas without really making connections with each other’s ideas. They provide an atmosphere of sharing as well as an introduction to these new ideas. Collaboration tools can be used to help ensure that each member contributes using various objects found in a maker common area. This community building process and adaptation will increase group formation and clarification.

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