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Student perceptions of laboratory classroom activities and experimental physics practice
written by Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, Kimme S. Johnson, Soojin E. Park, Jacob T. Stanley, and H. J. Lewandowski
We report results from a study designed to identify links between undergraduate students' views about experimental physics and their engagement in multiweek projects in lab courses. Using surveys and interviews, we explored whether students perceived particular classroom activities to be features of experimental physics practice. We focused on 18 activities, including maintaining lab notebooks, fabricating parts, and asking others for help. Interviewees identified activities related to project execution as intrinsic to experimental physics practice based on high prevalence of those activities in interviewees' own projects. Fabrication-oriented activities were identified as conditional features of experimentation based on differences between projects, which interviewees attributed to variations in project resources. Interpersonal activities were also viewed as conditional features of experimentation, dependent upon one's status as novice or expert. Our findings suggest that students' views about experimental physics are shaped by firsthand experiences of their own projects and secondhand experiences of those of others.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 131-136
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Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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D. Dounas-Frazer, K. Johnson, S. Park, J. Stanley, and H. Lewandowski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15471&DocID=5319).
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D. Dounas-Frazer, K. Johnson, S. Park, J. Stanley, and H. Lewandowski, Student perceptions of laboratory classroom activities and experimental physics practice, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15471&DocID=5319>.
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Dounas-Frazer, D., Johnson, K., Park, S., Stanley, J., & Lewandowski, H. (2020, July 22-23). Student perceptions of laboratory classroom activities and experimental physics practice. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15471&DocID=5319
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Dounas-Frazer, D, K. Johnson, S. Park, J. Stanley, and H. Lewandowski. "Student perceptions of laboratory classroom activities and experimental physics practice." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15471&DocID=5319 (accessed 27 October 2020).
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Dounas-Frazer, Dimitri, Kimme S. Johnson, Soojin E. Park, Jacob T. Stanley, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Student perceptions of laboratory classroom activities and experimental physics practice." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 131-136 of PER Conference. 27 Oct. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15471&DocID=5319>.
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