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Journal of College Science Teaching
written by Timothy Moran and Steven J. Van Hook
A class centered on student design of experiments and peer review of the resulting reports is described. Thirteen students in an honors seminar section of an introductory physics class designed experiments to test various types of paranormal phenomena. Each experimental report was evaluated and ranked by several other students. To give them experience in interpreting controversial results, the students were instructed to slant their experimental reports toward either paranormal interpretations or a non-paranormal interpretation as much as possible within the constraints of the data. Then students evaluated each other's reports using a commentary and ranking form. Survey and interview data obtained after the class indicated an increase in students' confidence in their ability to evaluate media science reports.
Journal of College Science Teaching: Volume 36, Issue 1, Pages 45-49
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Keywords:
Analyzing data, Asking questions, Collecting data, Experimenting, Interpreting data, Scientific habits of mind, paranormal, peer review, student empowerment, survey
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Metadata instance created January 21, 2008 by Tim Moran
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January 26, 2009 by Vince Kuo
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September 1, 2006

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Con.A: Science as Inquiry
  • 9-12: Understandings about Scientific Inquiry
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T. Moran and S. Van Hook, J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 36 (1), 45 (2006), WWW Document, (http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/jcst06_036_01_45).
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T. Moran and S. Van Hook, Using Student Peer Review of Experiment Reports in an Undergraduate Physics Class, J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 36 (1), 45 (2006), <http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/jcst06_036_01_45>.
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Moran, T., & Van Hook, S. (2006, September 1). Using Student Peer Review of Experiment Reports in an Undergraduate Physics Class. J. Coll. Sci. Teaching, 36(1), 45-49. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/jcst06_036_01_45
Chicago Format
Moran, Tim, and Steven Van Hook. "Using Student Peer Review of Experiment Reports in an Undergraduate Physics Class." J. Coll. Sci. Teaching. 36, no. 1, (September 1, 2006): 45-49, http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/jcst06_036_01_45 (accessed 31 October 2014).
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Moran, Tim, and Steven Van Hook. "Using Student Peer Review of Experiment Reports in an Undergraduate Physics Class." J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 36.1 (2006): 45-49. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/jcst06_036_01_45>.
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