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Sense of agency, gender, and students’ perception in open-ended physics labs
written by Z. Yasemin Kalender, Martin M. Stein, and N. G. Holmes
Instructional physics labs are critical junctures for many STEM majors to develop an understanding of experimentation in the sciences. Students can acquire useful experimental skills and grow their identities as scientists. However, many traditionally-instructed labs do not necessarily involve authentic physics experimentation features in their curricula. Recent research calls for a reformation in undergraduate labs to incorporate more student agency and choice in the learning processes. In our institution, we have adopted open-ended lab teaching in the introductory physics courses. By using reformed curricula that provide higher student agency, we analyzed approximately 100 students in the introductory-level lab courses to examine their views towards the open-ended physics labs. Between the start and the end of the semester, we found a statistically significant shift in students' perceptions about the agency afforded in lab activities. We also examined students' responses to "Which lab unit was your favorite and why?". The analysis showed that majority of the students preferred Project Lab, which had the highest student agency and coding analysis showed that "freedom" was the most frequent response for students' reason for picking Project Lab. Finally, we also examined student views across gender and found no significant gender effect on students' sense of agency.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 259-265
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
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- Instructional Material Design
= Project
Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Gender
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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Z. Kalender, M. Stein, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15493&DocID=5341).
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Z. Kalender, M. Stein, and N. Holmes, Sense of agency, gender, and students’ perception in open-ended physics labs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15493&DocID=5341>.
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Kalender, Z., Stein, M., & Holmes, N. (2020, July 22-23). Sense of agency, gender, and students’ perception in open-ended physics labs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15493&DocID=5341
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Kalender, Z, M. Stein, and N. Holmes. "Sense of agency, gender, and students’ perception in open-ended physics labs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15493&DocID=5341 (accessed 18 April 2021).
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Kalender, Z. Yasemin, Martin M. Stein, and Natasha G. Holmes. "Sense of agency, gender, and students’ perception in open-ended physics labs." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 259-265 of PER Conference. 18 Apr. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15493&DocID=5341>.
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