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The Impact of Targeting Scientific Reasoning on Student Attitudes about Experimental Physics
written by Natasha G. Holmes, Joss Ives, and Doug A. Bonn
Many course interventions in physics explicitly aim to improve student learning and implicitly aim to improve student attitudes toward physics. In this paper we describe an introductory physics lab course aimed to give students more authentic experiences conducting physics experiments. To evaluate student attitudes toward experimental physics, we analyzed and compared student responses to the Colorado Learning and Attitudes about Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS) in the intervention course and in a more traditional one-semester physics lab course. While there were significant negative shifts in attitudes in the traditional course, we found no negative shift in the transformed course. We attribute this difference to deliberately supporting learning goals that focus on understanding the process of science through reflection, iteration, and improvement. We discuss possible reasons for the lack of evidence of significant increases.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 119-122
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Education - Applied Research
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- Curriculum Development
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Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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10.1119/perc.2014.pr.026
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Keywords:
E-CLASS, Motivation, PERC 2014, epistemology, laboratory instruction
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N. Holmes, J. Ives, and D. Bonn, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13463&DocID=4062).
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N. Holmes, J. Ives, and D. Bonn, The Impact of Targeting Scientific Reasoning on Student Attitudes about Experimental Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13463&DocID=4062>.
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Holmes, N., Ives, J., & Bonn, D. (2014, July 30-31). The Impact of Targeting Scientific Reasoning on Student Attitudes about Experimental Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved September 24, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13463&DocID=4062
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Holmes, N, J. Ives, and D. Bonn. "The Impact of Targeting Scientific Reasoning on Student Attitudes about Experimental Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13463&DocID=4062 (accessed 24 September 2019).
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Holmes, Natasha, Joss Ives, and Doug Bonn. "The Impact of Targeting Scientific Reasoning on Student Attitudes about Experimental Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 119-122 of PER Conference. 24 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13463&DocID=4062>.
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