The PER-Central website will be unavailable on Saturday, August 1 due to network maintenance at the American Center for Physics.

home - login - register

Design And Non-design Labs: Does Transfer Occur? Documents

Main Document

Design And Non-design Labs: Does Transfer Occur? 

written by Anna Karelina, Eugenia Etkina, Maria Ruibal-Villasenor, David Rosengrant, Alan Van Heuvelen, and Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver

This paper is the second in the series of three describing a controlled study "Transfer of scientific abilities". The study was conducted in a large-enrollment introductory physics course taught via Investigative Science Learning Environment. Its goal was to find whether designing their own experiments in labs affects students' approaches to experimental problem solving in new areas of physics and in biology, and their learning of physics concepts. This paper reports on the part of the study that assesses student work while solving an experimental problem in a physics content area not studied in class. For a quantitative evaluation of students' abilities, we used scientific abilities rubrics. We studied the students' lab reports and answers to non-traditional exam problems related to the lab. We evaluated their performance and compared it with the performance of a control group that had the same course but enrolled in non- design labs instead of design labs. The project was supported by NSF grant DRL 0241078.

Published November 12, 2007
Last Modified December 1, 2010

This file is included in the full-text index.