Comparison of three groups of Physics Students Discussing the same Mechanics Problem.
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Group discussions were introduced in the tutorial session in an introductory physics course at university level. We have video recorded three groups with four, three, and six students that solve one end-of-chapter question. In this paper we show some examples of how students cooperate and communicate when they solve these problems, and what obstacles can hinder the group to find the solution of the question. We found that one group took turns to help each other and explain physics concepts or how to use physics equations. The other two groups shared both correct and false ideas but no one could discriminate between good and bad ideas. Both groups got stuck and needed help from the teacher. Some minimum level of physics knowledge is required for a fruitful discussion in the groups. In one of the groups a bad seating arrangement affected the discussion negatively.
End-of-chapter question, group discussion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43298OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-43298DiVA: diva2:412922