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Impact of an introductory lab course on students’ understanding of measurement uncertainty
written by Benjamin Pollard, Robert Hobbs, Jacob T. Stanley, Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, and H. J. Lewandowski
Physics lab courses are an essential part of the physics undergraduate curriculum. Learning goals for these classes often include the ability to interpret measurements and uncertainties. The Physics Measurement Questionnaire (PMQ) is an established open-response survey that probes students' understanding of measurement uncertainty along three dimensions: data collection, data analysis, and data comparison. It classifies students' reasoning into point-like and set-like paradigms, with the set-like paradigm more aligned with expert reasoning. In the context of a course transformation effort at the University of Colorado Boulder, we examine over 500 student responses to the PMQ both before and after instruction in the pre-transformed course. We describe changes in students' overall reasoning, measured by aggregating four probes of the PMQ. In particular, we observe large shifts towards set-like reasoning by the end of the course.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 312-315
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B. Pollard, R. Hobbs, J. Stanley, D. Dounas-Frazer, and H. Lewandowski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14632&DocID=4809).
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B. Pollard, R. Hobbs, J. Stanley, D. Dounas-Frazer, and H. Lewandowski, Impact of an introductory lab course on students’ understanding of measurement uncertainty, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14632&DocID=4809>.
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Pollard, B., Hobbs, R., Stanley, J., Dounas-Frazer, D., & Lewandowski, H. (2017, July 26-27). Impact of an introductory lab course on students’ understanding of measurement uncertainty. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 21, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14632&DocID=4809
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Pollard, B, R. Hobbs, J. Stanley, D. Dounas-Frazer, and H. Lewandowski. "Impact of an introductory lab course on students’ understanding of measurement uncertainty." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14632&DocID=4809 (accessed 21 September 2018).
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Pollard, Benjamin, Robert Hobbs, Jacob T. Stanley, Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Impact of an introductory lab course on students’ understanding of measurement uncertainty." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 312-315 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14632&DocID=4809>.
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