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Student reasoning about measurement uncertainty in an introductory lab course
written by H. J. Lewandowski, Robert Hobbs, Jacob T. Stanley, Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, and Benjamin Pollard
Proficiency with calculating, reporting, and understanding measurement uncertainty is a nationally recognized learning outcome for undergraduate physics lab courses. The Physics Measurement Questionnaire (PMQ) is a research-based assessment tool that measures such understanding. The PMQ was designed to characterize student reasoning into point or set paradigms, where the set paradigm is more aligned with expert reasoning. We analyzed over 500 student open-ended responses collected at the beginning and the end of a traditional introductory lab course at the University of Colorado Boulder. We discuss changes in students' understanding over a semester by analyzing pre-post shifts in student responses regarding data collection, data analysis, and data comparison.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 244-247
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.056
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PERC 2017, laboratory measurement
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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H. Lewandowski, R. Hobbs, J. Stanley, D. Dounas-Frazer, and B. Pollard, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14616&DocID=4793).
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H. Lewandowski, R. Hobbs, J. Stanley, D. Dounas-Frazer, and B. Pollard, Student reasoning about measurement uncertainty in an introductory lab course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14616&DocID=4793>.
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Lewandowski, H., Hobbs, R., Stanley, J., Dounas-Frazer, D., & Pollard, B. (2017, July 26-27). Student reasoning about measurement uncertainty in an introductory lab course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 21, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14616&DocID=4793
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Lewandowski, H, R. Hobbs, J. Stanley, D. Dounas-Frazer, and B. Pollard. "Student reasoning about measurement uncertainty in an introductory lab course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14616&DocID=4793 (accessed 21 September 2018).
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Lewandowski, H. J., Robert Hobbs, Jacob T. Stanley, Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, and Benjamin Pollard. "Student reasoning about measurement uncertainty in an introductory lab course." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 244-247 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14616&DocID=4793>.
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