Rethinking loafers: Understanding the productive functions of off-task talk during collaborative mathematics problem-solving

Jennifer Marie Langer-Osuna, Emma Carene Gargroetzi, Rosa Chavez, Jen Munson

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This study examines the role of off-task participation in collaborative mathematics problem-solving among fourth graders. Results show that majority of instances served productive functions in relation to the collaborative problem-solving process. These functions include: warming up to the collaboration, gaining the attention of others, gaining access to the collaboration for self, recruiting others into the collaboration, extending the task, and resisting concentrated authority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-751
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue number2018-June
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2018: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 23 2018Jun 27 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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