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Abstract Title: What counts in laboratories: Toward a practice-based identity survey
Abstract: An essential step in the process of developing a physics identity is the opportunity to engage in authentic physics practices - an ideal place to gain these experiences is physics laboratory courses. We are designing a practice-based identity survey to be used in physics laboratory courses. A first step in determining the impact of these physics practices is understanding student's interpretations of them. In physics education research, discussions of  physics practices, are typically grounded in definitions from experts. Our students are not necessarily experts so, asking questions about what these practices mean to the students and what counts is fundamental to insure that our survey questions are being interpreted correctly. This interpretation also varies between levels (advanced lab vs intro) and between courses (transformed vs traditional). Covering the entire space of student interpretations allows us to apply this survey to lab courses across the board.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kelsey Funkhouser
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
and Co-Presenter(s)
Marcos D. Caballero, Michigan State University
Paul W. Irving, Michigan State University
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University