Learning about friction: group dynamics in engineering students' work with free body diagrams

Maria Berge, Alexandra Weilenmann
2014 European Journal of Engineering Education  
In educational research, it is well-known that collaborative work on core conceptual issues in physics leads to significant improvements in students' conceptual understanding. In this paper, we explore collaborative learning in action, adding to previous research in engineering education with a specific focus on the students' use of free body diagrams in interaction. By looking at details in interaction among a group of three engineering students, we illustrate how they collectively construct a
more » ... free body diagram together when learning introductory mechanics. In doing so, we have focused on both learning possibilities and the dynamic processes that take place in the learning activity. These findings have a number of implications for educational practice.
doi:10.1080/03043797.2014.895708 fatcat:7rpb6ixddjeunfx4lvrtgyasue