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Title: Interactions with Peers on the Path to Math Success
Authors: Lobczowski, Nikki G.
Richey, J. Elizabeth
Jarbo, Kevin
Koedinger, Kenneth R.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Lobczowski, N. G., Richey, J. E., Jarbo, K., & Koedinger, K. R. (2021). Interactions with Peers on the Path to Math Success. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 585-588). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: A key strategy to being successful in math is help-seeking. Much research has focused on how students seek help from teachers, but students also benefit from peer assistance. We analyzed conversations from eight focus groups related to students’ paths to success in math. We found that students frequently brought up peer interactions as critical to their success. Three emergent themes were: support versus comparison, balance of effort within study groups, and friends versus peers. Our findings qualitatively extend current research by highlighting key ideas that impact peer interactions, such as increased reluctance to seek help in larger classes. Our findings have implications for classroom and group structures, including encouraging peer help-seeking and help-giving, as well as addressing belonging and sense of community.
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