Productive failure in an emerging learning community: A group developmental perspective

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This research takes a micro-developmental perspective to show how one
classroom learning community began to make a dramatic change of practices
as they transitioned from the storming to the norming stage of group
development. We examined fine-grained changes in group discourse during
this period, which we believe has relevance for the development of a learning
community’s emphasis on learning how to learn. Our findings indicate that
this transition was a productive failure because it was based on group
recognition of failure that seemed necessary and productive for the group to
change. This transition was marked by changes in group discourse that
included a group seeing the relevance and value of discussing and negotiating
their collaborative norms. We discuss the meaning of these stages for the
development of a learning community and propose extensions to the
conceptions of productive failure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth Chais Conference for the Study of Innovation and Learning Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationLearning in the Technological Era
EditorsY. Eshet-Alkalai, A. Caspi, N. Geri, Y. Kalman, V. Silber-Varod, Y. Yair
Place of PublicationRa’anana
Publisherהאוניברסיטה הפתוחה
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2014


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