Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of Social Factors in Activity-Based Active Learning Classroom Correlated to Students' Performance
by Ravikumar, Ranjith Kumar, M.S., The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2017, 59; 10685290
Abstract (Summary)

Social behaviors of students play a significant role in the classroom atmosphere and also the way it impacts students’ learning interests. In addition, socially acceptable behaviors are generally preferred by students in group-based classes. But on the other hand, students’ socially disruptive behaviors lead to different kinds of problems, such as a) Interfering in classroom learning and learning environment; b) Weakening students’ respect for the academic environment; c) Impairing students’ academic and intellectual development; d) Decreasing students’ engagement, commitment and retention; e) Finally, worst case scenarios - social isolation, depression and other mental problems. Considering the issues, the study of social behaviors of students in an ABAL (Activity-based active learning) class is an important research subject. Unfortunately, not much attention has been given to the study of social factors impacting students’ learning. Therefore, in this work, we are going to study the social factors of students in an ABAL class that could impact students’ performance.

In our study, we formulated and evaluated Group Cohesion score along with its traits (Goal Settings, Communication, Trust, Accountability, and Recognition), social factors (from open-ended answers) and sentiment analysis (from LIWC tool). By taking into consideration of our ABAL classroom approach, we provided results correlating these points with academic performance. In addition, we found that Trust trait and three social factors (C1, A1 and R3) collectively, had a high and positive correlation with academic performance, while the remaining factors had a less significant correlation, from the observations we have conducted in our ABAL class. However, when we analyzed data sample with a weekly comparison of student’s performance with the independent variables from our study, we found that there exists no strong correlation between them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: MOHSEN, DORODCHI
Commitee: BOJAN, CUKIC, LIPFORD, HEATHER, NIU, XI, SHAIKH, SAMIRA
School: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department: Information Technology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education
Keywords: Abal, Activity-based active learning class, Correlation, Group cohesiveness, Sentiment analysis, Social factors
Publication Number: 10685290
ISBN: 9780355509410
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