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written by Benjamin M. Zwickl, Noah D. Finkelstein, and H. J. Lewandowski
Within the physics education research community relatively little attention has been given to laboratory courses, especially at the upper-division undergraduate level. As part of transforming our senior-level Optics and Modern Physics Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder we are developing learning goals, revising curricula, and creating assessments. In this paper, we report on the establishment of our learning goals and a surrounding framework that have emerged from discussions with a wide variety of faculty, from a review of the literature on labs, and from identifying the goals of existing lab courses. Our goals go beyond those of specific physics content and apparatus, allowing instructors to personalize them to their contexts. We report on four broad themes and associated learning goals: Modeling (math-physics-data connection, statistical error analysis, systematic error, modeling of engineered "black boxes"), Design (of experiments, apparatus, programs, troubleshooting), Communication, and Technical Lab Skills (computer-aided data analysis, LabVIEW, test and measurement equipment).
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 391-394
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
- Curriculum Development
= Course Goals
= Laboratory
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3680077
NSF Numbers:
0748742
1043028
0551010
0833364
PACSs:
01.40.Di
01.40.Fk
01.50.Qb
Keywords:
PERC 2011, laboratory, laboratory courses, learning goals, upper-division physics
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B. Zwickl, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11893&DocID=2740).
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B. Zwickl, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski, Transforming the advanced lab: Part I - Learning goals, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11893&DocID=2740>.
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Zwickl, B., Finkelstein, N., & Lewandowski, H. (2011, August 3-4). Transforming the advanced lab: Part I - Learning goals. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11893&DocID=2740
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Zwickl, B, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski. "Transforming the advanced lab: Part I - Learning goals." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11893&DocID=2740 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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Zwickl, Benjamin, Noah Finkelstein, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Transforming the advanced lab: Part I - Learning goals." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 391-394 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11893&DocID=2740>.
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