PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ORAL LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS ANALYSIS
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Thessaly (GREECE)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:This study investigates the correlation between pair’s collaborative learning and students’ outcomes during task problems solving physic phenomenon with computer. In this study 12 students (aged 11-12 years) used an appropriate computer simulation program and they discuss the phenomenon. The aforementioned actions were recorded. The students carried out predict-observe-explain tasks and confronted their ideas about the bodies’ free fall phenomenon. The qualitative and quantitative analysis of students’ discourse (conversations), as well as their written answers in a pre- and a post-test questionnaires showed that some cognitive oriented language functions can be related to science understanding and knowledge construction. In other words, the results showed that the oral language functions were highly task related and more cognitively oriented. Moreover, it was found that the language functions were strongly related with their written outcomes. Such results suggest that pairs engaged in shared learning activities during collaboration can be lead in better understanding of science concepts.
Keywords: Oral peer interaction, language functions, collaborative learning, bodies’ free fall.