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The effects of a redesign on students’ attitudes and evaluations for an introductory calculus-based physics lab
written by Saif M. Ali and Brian D. Thoms
This study assesses student reactions to a redesign of an introductory calculus-based physics lab. A three-hour verification-style lab was replaced with a one-hour tutorial and two-hour inquiry-based lab. After confirming that the redesign improved students' performance in a separate study, this work evaluates students' opinions to determine if they were "buying in" to the redesigned process. When the lab concluded, the students from both labs were asked a series of Likert-scale and free-response questions. The responses were analyzed using a coding rubric to determine students' thoughts on the tutorial and lab. This revealed what aspects of the lab the students believed most positively and negatively affected their learning. It was observed that students had an overwhelmingly negative take on the new lab's tutorial section. Interestingly, tutorials were also among the most frequent positive comments. This finding, along with others, was scrutinized to check for any trends that allow us to make hypotheses and significant observations.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 28-31
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Instructional Material Design
= Tutorial
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.002
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0808790
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PERC 2017
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Ali and B. Thoms, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14562&DocID=4739).
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S. Ali and B. Thoms, The effects of a redesign on students’ attitudes and evaluations for an introductory calculus-based physics lab, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14562&DocID=4739>.
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Ali, S., & Thoms, B. (2017, July 26-27). The effects of a redesign on students’ attitudes and evaluations for an introductory calculus-based physics lab. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved October 17, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14562&DocID=4739
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Ali, Saif M., and Brian Thoms. "The effects of a redesign on students’ attitudes and evaluations for an introductory calculus-based physics lab." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14562&DocID=4739 (accessed 17 October 2019).
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Ali, Saif M., and Brian Thoms. "The effects of a redesign on students’ attitudes and evaluations for an introductory calculus-based physics lab." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 28-31 of PER Conference. 17 Oct. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14562&DocID=4739>.
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