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Title: Analyzing Equity in Collaborative Learning Situations: A Comparative Case Study in Elementary Computer Science
Authors: Shah, Niral
Lewis, Colleen
Caires, Roxane
Issue Date: Jun-2014
Publisher: Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Shah, N., Lewis, C., & Caires, R. (2014). Analyzing Equity in Collaborative Learning Situations: A Comparative Case Study in Elementary Computer Science. In Joseph L. Polman, Eleni A. Kyza, D. Kevin O'Neill, Iris Tabak, William R. Penuel, A. Susan Jurow, Kevin O'Connor, Tiffany Lee, and Laura D'Amico (Eds.). Learning and Becoming in Practice: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014. Volume 1. Colorado, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences, pp. 495-502.
Abstract: This paper presents a comparative case study of the different ways that equity and inequity emerged as an elementary computer science student collaborated with two different classmates on programming tasks. Data collected include audio recordings of students' interactions, field notes, written assessments, and students' digital work. Using a mixed methods approach, quantitative patterns were identified in the distribution and content of student talk at multiple grain-sizes, which were analyzed in conjunction with pivotal sequences of interaction. Findings indicate that despite the existence of participation structures designed to foster equitable collaboration, inequities emerged in both dyads as students positioned themselves and their classmates with identities as more or less competent in computer science. While in the first dyad this positioning was often overt, in the second dyad positioning assumed a more passive form. Further, there is evidence that these positionings had an impact on students' opportunities to learn.
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