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Developing Quantitative Critical Thinking in the Introductory Physics Lab
written by Natasha G. Holmes
While the goals for instructional labs have been highly debated, there is consensus that labs have unique potential to develop students' scientific and experimentation abilities. I present a simple scaffold for introductory labs that uses iterative cycles of comparisons (either between data sets or between data and models) to develop students' epistemologies, experimentation behaviors, and critical thinking abilities. By focusing the iterations on improving measurements, students explore the limits of physical models in the real world and engage in the evaluation and refinement of these models. In a controlled research study, students adopted these behaviors and continued to use them even after instruction to do so had been removed.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference Peer-reviewed Plenary Paper series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 14-17
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Education Foundations
- Behavior
- Problem Solving
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Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
- Curriculum Development
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- Instructional Material Design
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- Lower Undergraduate
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10.1119/perc.2015.plenary.001
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N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13954&DocID=4341).
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N. Holmes, Developing Quantitative Critical Thinking in the Introductory Physics Lab, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13954&DocID=4341>.
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Holmes, N. (2015, July 29-30). Developing Quantitative Critical Thinking in the Introductory Physics Lab. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 15, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13954&DocID=4341
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Holmes, Natasha. "Developing Quantitative Critical Thinking in the Introductory Physics Lab." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13954&DocID=4341 (accessed 15 December 2017).
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Holmes, Natasha. "Developing Quantitative Critical Thinking in the Introductory Physics Lab." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 14-17 of PER Conference Peer-reviewed Plenary Paper. 15 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13954&DocID=4341>.
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