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Evaluation of a Multiple Goal Revision of a Physics Laboratory Documents

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Evaluation of a Multiple Goal Revision of a Physics Laboratory 

written by Scott W. Bonham, Doug L. Harper, and Lance Pauley

This paper reports on the revision of the University Physics laboratory at Western Kentucky University. Multiple learning objectives were negotiated among faculty, and a curriculum was developed to address all of them. A full pilot was run in Spring 2012 with three experimental sections and two control sections. Data was collected using the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation, a self-efficacy survey, and performance on the laboratory final. Data from the pilot shows gains in conceptual understanding on certain topics, differences in a few laboratory skills, and improvement in technical writing ability as measured by both a writing sample and student perception.

Published January 24, 2013
Last Modified March 16, 2013