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Studying Expert Practices to Create Learning Goals for Electronics Labs
written by H. J. Lewandowski, Noah D. Finkelstein, and Benjamin Pollard
Laboratory courses for upper-division undergraduates often involve sophisticated equipment, relatively small class sizes, and extended hands-on projects. These courses present distinct challenges and opportunities for the physics education research community as these features are not often present in other undergraduate courses. Here, we focus on an upper-division lab-based electronics course. As a first step in establishing learning goals for upper-division electronics, we interviewed graduate students and faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder about the use of electronics in their own research labs. The content-specific nature of electronics courses parallels the hands-on experience of graduate student researchers, so focusing on the experiences of graduate students is ideal for informing lab course reform. From their interview responses, we developed a framework for classifying applications of electronics. We identify five types of use and four forms of interaction with electronics content that are consistently identified by faculty and graduate students. However, we see variations between faculty and graduate students regarding how electronics is learned.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 155-158
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General Physics
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.035
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1323101
PACSs:
01.40.Di
01.40.Fk
01.50.Qb
Keywords:
PERC 2014, laboratory courses, learning goals, upper-division physics
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H. Lewandowski, N. Finkelstein, and B. Pollard, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13472&DocID=4071).
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H. Lewandowski, N. Finkelstein, and B. Pollard, Studying Expert Practices to Create Learning Goals for Electronics Labs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13472&DocID=4071>.
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Lewandowski, H., Finkelstein, N., & Pollard, B. (2014, July 30-31). Studying Expert Practices to Create Learning Goals for Electronics Labs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13472&DocID=4071
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Lewandowski, H, N. Finkelstein, and B. Pollard. "Studying Expert Practices to Create Learning Goals for Electronics Labs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13472&DocID=4071 (accessed 11 December 2017).
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Lewandowski, H. J., Noah Finkelstein, and Benjamin Pollard. "Studying Expert Practices to Create Learning Goals for Electronics Labs." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 155-158 of PER Conference. 11 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13472&DocID=4071>.
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