Group Members’ Frame Switching to Understand Each Other.
- A qualifying paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Abstract: Group work in educational settings is becoming more common place fueled by their recent inclusion in standards and promised benefits. However, oftentimes groups are unsuccessful, and education researchers do not necessarily know why due to our piece-meal understand... read moreing of how groups work. In this paper, I focus on how collaboration occurs in student groups. I argue that the construct of framing is useful for exploring this question across many different settings, giving it the potential to help build a unifying collaboration framework. Through a review of the literature and the presented case study, I answer the question what work do students do to understand each other? In the literature we see many actions that students take to maintain complimentary perspectives of activities, referred to as a shared group frame. The literature also reveals a lack of these actions in groups with conflicting understandings of the activity, referred to as groups without a shared frame. The case study presented below lies in the middle of this spectrum where one student frame-switches, or changes their perspective of the situation, to interact productively with his two group mates.read less