A Tale of Two Settings: The Lab and the Classroom
Technical rept. Jan-Aug 91,
PITTSBURGH UNIV PA LEARNING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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Computer science students were observed in the classrooms of five different teachers in an intensive two year qualitative study. Observations and interviews led to the conclusion that students reacted very differently to the time they spent in the computer lab working on written programs and the time they spent in the classroom where they learned about computers and programming through teacher-led lectures. Specifically, they enjoyed the lab more and were much more highly motivated to work in that setting. Analysis of the social processes in these two contrasting settings suggests that students increased motivation in the lab was the result of a complex set of factors including a a shift in their relation to the teacher, b a concomitant shift in their relationship with peers, and c a shift in their relationship to the work.