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Learning about friction: group dynamics in engineering students’ work with free body diagrams
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UMSER)
University of Gothenburg.
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Engineering Education, ISSN 0304-3797, E-ISSN 1469-5898, Vol. 39, no 6, 601-616 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In educational research, it is well-known that collaborative work on core conceptual issues in physics leads to significant improvements in students’ conceptual understanding. In this paper, we explore collaborative learning in action, adding to previous research in engineering education with a specific focus on the students’ use of free body diagrams in interaction. By looking at details in interaction among a group of three engineering students, we illustrate how they collectively construct a free body diagram together when learning introductory mechanics. In doing so, we have focused on both learning possibilities and the dynamic processes that take place in the learning activity. These findings have a number of implications for educational practice.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 39, no 6, 601-616 p.
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free body diagram, collaborative learning, problem solving, mechanics, conversation analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87435DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2014.895708OAI: diva2:709289
Available from: 2014-04-01 Created: 2014-04-01 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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