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Abstract Title: Think first, act later - A course structure for improving student designed experiments
Abstract: There is a natural tendency for students to act first (e.g. - build and conduct experiments) and think later (e.g. - outline goals, identify challenges, predict outcomes, etc.). This is often apparent in labs that include student design components. We have developed a lab course structure that teaches students how to develop their ideas and make plans before beginning an experiment by providing multiple opportunities for peer and instructor feedback. As a result, we have seen significant improvements in the success rate and quality of student designed experiments and presentations. We provide a detailed explanation of the course structure and rubrics and evidence of the impacts of this course structure.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nathan Powers
Brigham Young University
BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy
N490 ESC
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: 8014225393
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dallin Durfee, Brigham Young University
David Allred, Brigham Young University

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