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Mapping Out Our Collaborative Learning Environment
“Behind the scenes of every healthy project-based learning environment (PBL) is a robust peer structure. This complex system of relationships allows the flow of information, ideas, solutions to emerge and grow. To better understand the dynamics of his project-based classroom, the
author conducted three surveys about student and teacher interaction over a period of five months. Students joined in the examination and analysis of the resultant peer networking maps, constructed using the UCINET 6 program. These maps shed light on the evolution of the
classroom culture over time, illuminating relationships and roles that had not been apparent in daily practice and observation. The study demonstrates the potential power of network mapping for understanding classroom dynamics, particularly in diverse, integrated classrooms that
emphasize project-based learning, peer collaboration, and student agency.”