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Abstract Title: Promoting student engagement in scientific practice in an introductory laboratory
Abstract: In light of recent calls for aligning introductory physics activities with scientific practice (AAPT 2014) as well as a push for the development of a set of recommended practices for life science majors (AAMC-HHMI, 2009), we report on a transformation of a second semester introductory lab course for non-physics majors (life science majors making up the vast majority). The transformed lab was designed with specific course structures to support students in working collaboratively in a group, developing a systematic approach to experimental design, understanding how to utilize different measurement devices, and understanding the uncertainties involved in measurements. We present analysis of small group work that took place in the pilot semester of this transformation highlighting instances where students engaged in these scientific practices in the presence of these supports.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Abhilash Nair
Michigan State University Department of Physics
and Co-Presenter(s)
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University
Danny Caballero, Michigan State University