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Abstract Title: Investigating Effects of Reformed Laboratories on Student Motivation and Attitude
Abstract: At the University of Illinois, we have piloted a new laboratory course that has changed the context of students' lab experiences by introducing dorm room pre-lab experiments and increasing the flexibility of the laboratory classroom setting in order to focus on critical thinking and sense-making. In this poster we report on the effects of this new laboratory experience on students' motivation, attitude, and achievement goal orientation.  We also show the effects of the lab experience on other aspects of the course, including their ability to learn from analogous solutions.  The information from the reformed lab sections is compared to that from parallel sections taught in a more traditional style.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William R. Evans
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mats Selen - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign