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'Doing' disagreement without being disagreeable: How students deal with conversational norms in group work
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Storbritannien.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-0748
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Storbritannien.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The growing prevalence of group work in psychology places requirements on students to learn not only their subject matter, but also social and educational skills such as working with their peers. In problem-based learning (PBL), a crucial element is that students should challenge each other in terms of ideas or assumptions (Azer, 2004). Through disagreeing, it is argued that students will develop a more sophisticated understanding of the knowledge. Disagreements in conversation, however, have already been shown by conversation analytic work to be socially troublesome (Pomerantz, 1984), so it is vital that students learn to disagree‘ appropriately’ (Marra, 2012). The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how research in social psychology and discourse can provide empirical insights into how students might learn to interact more effectively in group-work settings. The paper reports on analyses from a project that aims to understand how engineering students develop the ‘soft skills’ of group work alongside their academic knowledge by examining the interactional practices and processes within PBL tutorials. In particular, we focus on how students ‘do’ disagreements in tutorial interaction. The data is taken from 30 hours of video-recorded data from PBL tutorials at a Scottish university. Using conversation analysis, we focus on sequences in which students disagree with one another, and illustrate the different ways in which this is achieved. The paper will discuss the interactional barriers to disagreeing with other students in group work and will offer insights from empirical data to illustrate how these might be overcome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
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Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141250OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141250DiVA, id: diva2:1145056
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EuroPLAT 2017, European Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, Salzburg, Austria 18-20 September 2017
Available from: 2017-09-27 Created: 2017-09-27 Last updated: 2017-11-06Bibliographically approved

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