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Nothing works the first time: An expert experimental physics epistemology
written by Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer and H. J. Lewandowski
The ability to troubleshoot is an important learning outcome for undergraduate physics laboratory courses. To better understand the role of troubleshooting in electronics laboratory courses, we interviewed 20 electronics instructors from multiple institution types about their beliefs and teaching practices related to troubleshooting. In these interviews, instructors articulated the idea that nothing works the first time in multiple contexts pertaining to troubleshooting. We argue that this idea is an expert epistemology and show how it informs instructors' beliefs that (i) students need to know how to troubleshoot, (ii) students should expect to troubleshoot, (iii) all circuit-building lab activities provide opportunities for students to troubleshoot, and (iv) students' ability to construct functional circuits can be a proxy for their ability to troubleshoot malfunctioning circuits. Moreover, we discuss implications for instruction and assessment of troubleshooting in electronics courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 100-103
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
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D. Dounas-Frazer and H. Lewandowski, Nothing works the first time: An expert experimental physics epistemology, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14203&DocID=4555>.
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Dounas-Frazer, D., & Lewandowski, H. (2016, July 20-21). Nothing works the first time: An expert experimental physics epistemology. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved August 24, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14203&DocID=4555
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Dounas-Frazer, Dimitri, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Nothing works the first time: An expert experimental physics epistemology." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14203&DocID=4555 (accessed 24 August 2019).
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Dounas-Frazer, Dimitri, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Nothing works the first time: An expert experimental physics epistemology." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 100-103 of PER Conference. 24 Aug. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14203&DocID=4555>.
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