Effects of the Circle of Power and Respect on students' peer relationships and experiences in collaborative groups





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This capstone explores the experiences of middle school students participating in Developmental Design's Circle of Power and Respect (CPR) during a seven week engineering unit. The research question addressed was, how does the implementation of the Circle of Power and Respect in a 6th grade science classroom affect students' peer relationships and experiences while working in collaborative groups during scientific inquiry? The author shares research literature describing the developmental needs of young adolescents and documents the ways in which CPR can support and meet the needs of middle school students. Conclusions from the study show that participation in CPR allows students to build positive relationships with peers and offers students a structured time to learn and practice social skills important for working collaboratively during scientific inquiry. As a result of the benefits of participating in CPR, students reported an overall better experience working in collaborative science groups with their peers.

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