Resnick Project

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In the Social-Communicative Factors thrust, we are investigating communication as a core enabler of robust learning, including detailed study of patterns of verbal interaction, the role of social variables in initiating and sustaining learning, and the effects on motivation, self-attribution and commitment to a learning group that are associated with learning through social-communicative interaction. In several prior studies we have seen remarkable effects of active classroom discussion where students articulate their reasoning and build on the reasoning of their fellow students in comparison with students in control classrooms where they have not had the benefit of this teacher orchestrated interaction with their peers. These effects have been measured on standardized tests in math in comparison with control classrooms. We are currently working to set up a LearnLab where we can study Accountable Talk in the PSLC LearnLab style.