The situated dynamics of peer group interaction: an introduction to an analytic framework
Learning and Instruction Volume 9, Number 5 ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This paper introduces a descriptive system of analysis of peer group interaction. The method takes a dynamic and process-oriented approach to interaction which is seen as socially and situationally developed in students' moment-by-moment interactions. By concentrating on individual and group functioning, the method aims at highlighting the situated dynamics of peer group interaction and learning. The method consists of a three-dimensional analysis of peer group interaction by focusing on the functions of verbal interaction, and the nature of cognitive processing and social processing. These are investigated with the help of micro-analytical maps drawn out from the data based on video recordings, transcriptions, observations, interviews, and questionnaires. In the first part of the paper the theoretical and methodological background of the analysis will be discussed. That is followed by an introduction to the analysis method highlighted with empirical examples. The paper ends with a reflective analysis of the method.
Kumpulainen, K. & Mutanen, M. The situated dynamics of peer group interaction: an introduction to an analytic framework. Learning and Instruction, 9(5), 449-473. Elsevier Ltd.