Effects of social metacognition on micro-creativity: Statistical discourse analyses of group problem solving

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Abstract

This study examines how social metacognition (including evaluations and questions) affected micro-creativity during group problem solving. Twenty groups of high school students were videotaped as they solved a mathematics problem. Analyses of the 2,951 conversation turns showed that the likelihood of a correct contribution (CC, a measure of micro-creativity) was higher after a group member expressed a wrong, new idea, correctly evaluated an idea, or justified an idea. In contrast, the likelihood of a CC was lower after a group member disagreed rudely or agreed. Meanwhile, group-level properties (racial diversity, gender diversity, and degree of status differences) did not significantly affect the likelihood of a CC. A CC was more likely after a justification in successful groups than in unsuccessful groups. CCs did not occur uniformly, as some time periods had many CCs while others had few CCs. Furthermore, agreements and correct evaluations had different effects across time periods within a group. Copyright © 2008 International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICLS’08 Proceedings of the 8th international conference on International conference for the learning sciences
Place of PublicationChicago
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages144-152
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Citation

Chiu, M. M. (2008). Effects of social metacognition on micro-creativity: Statistical discourse analyses of group problem solving. In ICLS’08 Proceedings of the 8th international conference on International conference for the learning sciences (Vols. 1, pp. 144-152). Chicago: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

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