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Using reflections to explore student learning during the project component of an advanced laboratory course
written by Bei Cai, Lindsay Mainhood, and Robert G. Knobel
We redesigned an advanced physics laboratory course to include a project component. The intention was to address learning outcomes such as modeling, design of experiments, teamwork, and developing technical skills in using apparatus and analyzing data. The course included experimental labs in preparation for a six-week team project in which students designed and implemented a research experiment. The final assignment given to students was a reflective essay, which asked students to discuss their learning and satisfaction in doing the project. Qualitative analysis of the students' reflections showed that the majority of the students reported satisfaction and achievement, functional team dynamics, learning outcomes unique to this experience, practicing modeling skills, and potential future improvements. We suggest that reflections are useful as support for student learning as well as in guiding curricular improvements. Our findings may be useful for other course redesign initiatives incorporating project-based learning and student reflections.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Instructional Material Design
= Project
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Self Assessment
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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B. Cai, L. Mainhood, and R. Knobel, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14765&DocID=4912).
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B. Cai, L. Mainhood, and R. Knobel, Using reflections to explore student learning during the project component of an advanced laboratory course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14765&DocID=4912>.
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Cai, B., Mainhood, L., & Knobel, R. (2018, August 1-2). Using reflections to explore student learning during the project component of an advanced laboratory course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved January 29, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14765&DocID=4912
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Cai, B, L. Mainhood, and R. Knobel. "Using reflections to explore student learning during the project component of an advanced laboratory course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14765&DocID=4912 (accessed 29 January 2020).
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Cai, Bei, Lindsay Mainhood, and Robert G. Knobel. "Using reflections to explore student learning during the project component of an advanced laboratory course." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 29 Jan. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14765&DocID=4912>.
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