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Using lesson design to change student approaches to dorm-room design prelabs
written by Katherine Ansell and Mats Selen
Student approaches to design tasks depend heavily on context – including both physical and conceptual aspects. These effects have been studied in the classroom, but less so in a home setting, where an instructor is not present to facilitate students' design efforts. In this paper, we propose that manipulating contexts within a lesson may be an option to guide student behavior in an at-home setting. We describe an experiment where the order of an at-home assignment was altered to probe how setting contexts with equipment and content domain familiarity influence student approaches to design tasks. By switching the order of a calibration activity and open-ended design activity, we observed that increasing student content and equipment knowledge makes them more likely to choose more sophisticated analysis methods with the new equipment and topic, but also leads to an increase in investigations with surface features similar to the calibration.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 40-43
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.005
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Home experiments, PERC 2017, introductory physics laboratories
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K. Ansell and M. Selen, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14565&DocID=4742).
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K. Ansell and M. Selen, Using lesson design to change student approaches to dorm-room design prelabs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14565&DocID=4742>.
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Ansell, K., & Selen, M. (2017, July 26-27). Using lesson design to change student approaches to dorm-room design prelabs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14565&DocID=4742
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Ansell, Katherine, and Mats Selen. "Using lesson design to change student approaches to dorm-room design prelabs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14565&DocID=4742 (accessed 3 July 2020).
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Ansell, Katherine, and Mats Selen. "Using lesson design to change student approaches to dorm-room design prelabs." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 40-43 of PER Conference. 3 July 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14565&DocID=4742>.
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