Regina Frey (The Teaching Center and Chemistry)
Keith Sawyer (Education)
Patrick Brown (DuBray Middle School)
Sarah Luesse (Chemistry)
Mark Hogrebe (Education)
Daniel Gealy (The Teaching Center)
Purpose and Rationale
This project investigates the discourse, or conversation, among Peer Leaders and students in Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) groups in General Chemistry at Washington University.
The PLTL model has proven to be highly successful at Washington University and other institutions of higher education (See Implementation and Evaluation of PLTL). However, little attention has been paid to what happens during PLTL group meetings. A better understanding of exactly what takes place in successful PLTL meetings will contribute to improvements in Peer-Leader training and in the design of PLTL problems.
This project was supported from 2007-2010 by a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
P. L. Brown, K. Sawyer, M. Hogrebe, and R. F. Frey. (2011, January). "Discourse in Peer-led Team Learning." Poster presented at the 2011 CCLI PI Conference, Washington, DC.
Sawyer, R. K. (2010, June). Data presenter and participant. "Productive multivocality in the analysis of collaborative learning." Preconference workshop at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL.
Brown, P. L., Frey, R. F., and Sawyer, R. K. (2010, June-July). "What are they talking about? Findings from an analysis of the discourse in peer-led team learning in General Chemistry." Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL.
Brown, P., Sawyer, R. K., & Frey R. (2009, Oct.). "Peer-led team learning in General Chemistry: Investigating the discourse of peer leaders and students." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-western Educational Research Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Frey, R., Brown, P., & Sawyer, R. K. (2009, Sept). "An Analysis of discourse in peer-led team learning (PLTL)." Invited paper presented at the online Conferences on Chemistry (CONFCHEM).
Brown, P. Sawyer, R. K., & Frey R. (2009, April). "Investigating peer-leader discourse in peer-led team learning in General Chemistry." Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.