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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Trevor Volkwyn, Saalih Allie, Andy Buffler, and Fred Lubben
Conventional physics laboratory courses generally include an emphasis on increasing students' ability to carry out data analysis according to scientific practice, in particular, those aspects that relate to measurement uncertainty. This study evaluates the efficacy of the conventional approach by analyzing the understanding of measurement of freshmen following the physics major sequence, i.e., top achievers, with regard to data collection, data processing, and data comparison, through pre- and post-instruction tests by using an established instrument. The findings show that the laboratory course improved the performance of the majority of students insofar as the more mechanical aspects of data collection and data processing were concerned. However, only about 20% of the cohort of physics majors exhibited a deeper understanding of measurement uncertainty required for data comparison.
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© 2008 The American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.010108
ISSN Number:
1554-9178
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ISLE, Investigative Science Learning Environment, Rutgers University, SCL, Scientific Community Laboratories, University of Maryland
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T. Volkwyn, S. Allie, A. Buffler, and F. Lubben, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4 (1), 010108 (2008), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.010108).
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T. Volkwyn, S. Allie, A. Buffler, and F. Lubben, Impact of a conventional introductory laboratory course on the understanding of measurement, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4 (1), 010108 (2008), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.010108>.
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Volkwyn, T., Allie, S., Buffler, A., & Lubben, F. (2008, May 1). Impact of a conventional introductory laboratory course on the understanding of measurement. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 4(1), 010108. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.010108
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Volkwyn, T, S. Allie, A. Buffler, and F. Lubben. "Impact of a conventional introductory laboratory course on the understanding of measurement." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4, no. 1, (May 1, 2008): 010108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.010108 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Volkwyn, Trevor, Saalih Allie, Andy Buffler, and Fred Lubben. "Impact of a conventional introductory laboratory course on the understanding of measurement." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4.1 (2008): 010108. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.010108>.
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