Social Identities Impact Small Group Dynamics

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 11:30am to 12:30pm

December Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club

Session Description: Small group peer discussions form the basis of many active learning activities. In this article, the authors examine how gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality may affect small group dynamics and students’ preferred roles within groups. They find that social identity impacts the preferred role that students want to take on in a group, with men being more likely to want to be leaders and explainers and international students and underrepresented minorities more likely to want to be listeners. They examine three barriers to group participation and provide strategies for making small group participation more equitable.

Facilitator: Christina Petersen

Post-session Resources: This session will not be recorded. Slides and resources will be sent to all registrants within two business days following the session.

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please contact the Center for Educational Innovation ( to request accommodations or discuss access needs (e.g. interpreting, captioning, large print, image descriptions, material format, etc.) Whenever possible, please submit requests for real-time captioning, interpreting, and material formatting at least two weeks in advance. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.

After you register for section 2021-12 you will receive an email with a link to the article and the Zoom Meeting information.

About Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club

Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club was created to help busy instructors from across disciplines keep up with some of the latest innovations, ideas, and research published in pedagogical journals. Each month’s discussion focuses on a recently-published, teaching- or learning-related article. The open forum provides opportunities for participants to discuss the practical implications of the research findings with others. Each session begins with a brief synopsis of that month’s featured reading. You do not have to read the article to benefit from participation.

Fall 2021 Focus

The Fall 2021 Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club will highlight research articles that study approaches to promoting student diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles were chosen to represent a diversity of student groups studied, interventions tested, and researcher approaches and backgrounds. We will highlight how the findings of each of these articles could be applied and adapted for your teaching and you will have the opportunity to benefit from the insight and experiences of your peers.


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