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Student attitudes in a new hybrid design-based introductory physics laboratory
written by Katherine Ansell and Mats Selen
"Cookbook" style introductory physics laboratories are convenient for large-enrollment courses, but evidence indicates that this style of instruction provides little benefit to students. At the University of Illinois, we have piloted a design-based laboratory format in an introductory calculus-based mechanics course. This format emphasizes scientific skills training over conceptual instruction, following the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE) framework. Students in this laboratory pilot were assigned dorm room prelab experiments to be done and submitted online, and worked on design experiments in class. In this paper, we describe the new laboratory format and present preliminary results indicating that this format of instruction improved attitudes toward laboratory classes without impacting overall exam scores.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 36-39
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K. Ansell and M. Selen, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14188&DocID=4540).
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K. Ansell and M. Selen, Student attitudes in a new hybrid design-based introductory physics laboratory, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14188&DocID=4540>.
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Ansell, K., & Selen, M. (2016, July 20-21). Student attitudes in a new hybrid design-based introductory physics laboratory. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14188&DocID=4540
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Ansell, Katherine, and Mats Selen. "Student attitudes in a new hybrid design-based introductory physics laboratory." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14188&DocID=4540 (accessed 21 August 2017).
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Ansell, Katherine, and Mats Selen. "Student attitudes in a new hybrid design-based introductory physics laboratory." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 36-39 of PER Conference. 21 Aug. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14188&DocID=4540>.
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