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written by N. G. Holmes and Doug A. Bonn
Undergraduate teaching labs often include expectations for students to use various sensemaking and reasoning behaviours when conducting an experiment. These expectations, however, are often unsupported in the explicit lab structure, and, as such, students develop distinctions between behaviours associated with "doing a lab" or "doing science." This study examines if and how students engage in reflection and evaluation of results during an experiment that involves two sources of systematic error. While many students reflected on their results and identified the source of the larger systematic error, very few did so for the smaller one. In fact, for the latter case, many students reported significantly inflated uncertainties, effectively hiding the systematic error altogether. We use these results, in-class observations, and post-lab interviews to describe how and why students failed to demonstrate authentic scientific inquiry behaviours during the lab.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 185-188
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Learning Environment
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Error
- Scientific Reasoning
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.034
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G-
01.40.gb
Keywords:
PERC 2013, experimental physics, laboratory, scientific reasoning, systematic errors
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N. Holmes and D. Bonn, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13164&DocID=3711).
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N. Holmes and D. Bonn, Doing Science or Doing a Lab? Engaging Students with Scientific Reasoning during Physics Lab Experiments, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13164&DocID=3711>.
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Holmes, N., & Bonn, D. (2013, July 17-18). Doing Science or Doing a Lab? Engaging Students with Scientific Reasoning during Physics Lab Experiments. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13164&DocID=3711
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Holmes, N. G., and Doug Bonn. "Doing Science or Doing a Lab? Engaging Students with Scientific Reasoning during Physics Lab Experiments." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13164&DocID=3711 (accessed 29 November 2014).
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Holmes, N. G., and Doug Bonn. "Doing Science or Doing a Lab? Engaging Students with Scientific Reasoning during Physics Lab Experiments." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 185-188 of PER Conference. 29 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13164&DocID=3711>.
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