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Abstract Title: Student ownership of laboratory projects and attitudes about experimental physics
Abstract: Multiweek projects in laboratory courses are a promising way to engage undergraduate students in authentic experimental physics practices. In particular, projects provide opportunities for students to take control of an experiment, collaborate with peers or instructors to brainstorm solutions to problems, implement and revise their own ideas, and experience the joys and frustrations of experimentation. Thus, projects are well suited to support two different learning outcomes: developing an understanding of what experimental physics entails, and developing a sense of ownership of a specific experiment. In an ongoing investigation of the impacts of laboratory projects, we are using the Colorado Learning Attitudes About Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS) and the Project Ownership Survey (POS) to explore connections between these two learning outcomes. In this presentation, we report results from a multiyear study in which both surveys were administered in an upper-division optics lab that culminated in multiweek projects.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Physics 390 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Phone: 3038620337
and Co-Presenter(s)
Heather J. Lewandowski; University of Colorado Boulder

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