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Invitation: Using a Laboratory Classroom to Study the Social Unit of Learning

posted 28 Aug 2017, 05:32 by ICO Education   [ updated 28 Aug 2017, 05:33 ]
by Prof. David Clarke and Dr Esther Chan, University of Melbourne

September 5, Utrecht University -

You are cordially invited to attend a talk by Prof. David Clarke and Dr Esther Chan, University of Melbourne
Title: Using a Laboratory Classroom to Study the Social Unit of Learning

Koningsberger Building ATLAS
Tuesday 5 September 2017
11:15-12:00 talk
12:00-12:45 discussion

Abstract:
The laboratory classroom at The University of Melbourne was purposefully designed and built to allow simultaneous and continuous documentation of classroom interactions using ten built-in video cameras and up to 32 microphones. This facility is used in the Social Unit of Learning project to record the interactions of an intact class (typically 24 students) and their teacher as they engage in purposefully developed mathematical activities. The project examines individual, dyadic, and small group (four to six students) problem solving in mathematics and the associated/consequent learning. This presentation will discuss the new insights and challenges provided by use of the laboratory classroom, with illustrative examples from the Social Unit of Learning project. The presentation will provide a brief overview of the laboratory classroom as a research tool and of the Social Unit of Learning project, followed by a reflection on the associated methodological issues and theoretical issues.

Contact person (no need to register):
Arthur Bakker, a.bakker4@uu.nl