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Examining student growth in laboratory notebook practices in introductory physics courses
written by Michael Zwartz and Joseph F. Kozminski
Laboratory notebooks serve as the primary records for research experiments, demonstrate how researchers went about their work, and tabulate the data collected in the experiment. Recent undergraduate laboratory recommendations emphasize the importance of helping students develop their scientific documentations skills throughout the curriculum. Learning proper lab notebook practices is important for students in preparation for graduate school and the STEM workforce. Laboratory notebooks can also be a valuable tool for instructors to assess a student's understanding of lab activities and the underlying physics principles. This study analyzes students' development of standard notebook practices during introductory physics lab courses. This research was conducted through a series of pre- and post-surveys given in introductory physics lab classes. The surveys cover topics of how students use lab notebooks, how they learned notebook practices, and their attitudes toward beliefs about using lab notebooks. This paper uses a mixed methods approach to examine student growth in specific laboratory notebook practices and reviews the instructional methods and feedback that were most effective for first semester physics students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 611-616
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Formative Assessment
- Behavior
= Behavior Development
- Communication
= Writing
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
= Skills
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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M. Zwartz and J. Kozminski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15550&DocID=5398).
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M. Zwartz and J. Kozminski, Examining student growth in laboratory notebook practices in introductory physics courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15550&DocID=5398>.
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Zwartz, M., & Kozminski, J. (2020, July 22-23). Examining student growth in laboratory notebook practices in introductory physics courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15550&DocID=5398
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Zwartz, Michael, and Joseph F. Kozminski. "Examining student growth in laboratory notebook practices in introductory physics courses." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15550&DocID=5398 (accessed 27 October 2020).
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Zwartz, Michael, and Joseph F. Kozminski. "Examining student growth in laboratory notebook practices in introductory physics courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 611-616 of PER Conference. 27 Oct. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15550&DocID=5398>.
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