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Can noncomplementarity of agency lead to successful problem solving? A case study on students’ interpersonal behaviors in mathematical problem-solving collaboration (2022)


Haataja, E. S., Chan Man Ching, E., Salonen, V., & Clarke, D. J. (2022). Can noncomplementarity of agency lead to successful problem solving? A case study on students’ interpersonal behaviors in mathematical problem-solving collaboration. Learning and Instruction, 82, Article 101657. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2022.101657


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All authors or editorsHaataja, Eeva S.H.; Chan Man Ching, Esther; Salonen, Visajaani; Clarke, David J.

Journal or seriesLearning and Instruction

ISSN0959-4752

eISSN1873-3263

Publication year2022

Volume82

Article number101657

PublisherElsevier BV

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2022.101657

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82661


Abstract

In student collaboration, purposeful peer interaction crucial for success on the task. Such collaboration requires adequate and purposeful student agency. Theoretically, the between-individual complementarity of agency behaviors enhances purposeful interaction. However, the level of agency of group members can disrupt the collaborative interactions. We conducted a case study of collaborative mathematical problem solving, where one student's behaviors of noncomplementary agency characterized the group interaction. We examined the video recording of the group by continuous quantitative coding of students' agency behaviors and segmented the interaction process into four phases. We analyzed qualitatively these phases based on the verbal transcript. We found that the target student's agency grew in relation to the other students despite her lack of mathematical competence. The findings provide us with a new perspective to understand the role of the situational individual agency in collaborative learning that underlines the tolerance of noncomplementarity of agency in student collaboration.


Keywordslearningcooperative learningproblem solvingmathematicsgroupsgroup workinteractionability to cooperatefunctionalityhuman agencypeer learning

Free keywordsagency; continuous coding; interpersonal theory; collaborative learning; mathematics education


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Reporting Year2022

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