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Comparative analysis of letters and reports in an upper-division lab
written by Charles L. Ramey II, Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, and Beth Ann Thacker
In redesigning the Modern Physics Lab at Strive University, we focused its purpose on developing writing skills. In doing that, we implemented the pedagogical method Letters Home, which offers students the ability to practice communication in the form of letters to experts and non-experts. Students were additionally tasked with writing traditional lab reports. This case study investigates 6 students' completion of 6 writing assignments (letters and reports) to a real audience. We used the AAPT guidelines to develop a qualitative coding scheme with 8 categories, and we used a linguistic analysis software program called LIWC to evaluate the assignments' authenticity, clout, tone, and analytical thinking. Our results indicate 6 of the 8 coding categories appear in at least 50% of the data. Also, letters to experts and non-experts indicated similarities in analytical thinking. Authenticity scores were higher for letters to non-experts than experts. Overall, letters and reports are similar in terms of both the AAPT-inspired codes and linguistic dimensions probed by LIWC. The similarities between the letters and lab reports from our study may be due to our curriculum redesign.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 424-429
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Education Foundations
- Communication
= Language
= Writing
- Research Design & Methodology
= Data
= Statistics
Education Practices
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Instructional Material Design
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- Upper Undergraduate
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C. Ramey II, D. Dounas-Frazer, and B. Thacker, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15520&DocID=5368).
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C. Ramey II, D. Dounas-Frazer, and B. Thacker, Comparative analysis of letters and reports in an upper-division lab, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15520&DocID=5368>.
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Ramey II, C., Dounas-Frazer, D., & Thacker, B. (2020, July 22-23). Comparative analysis of letters and reports in an upper-division lab. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15520&DocID=5368
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Ramey II, C, D. Dounas-Frazer, and B. Thacker. "Comparative analysis of letters and reports in an upper-division lab." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15520&DocID=5368 (accessed 27 November 2020).
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Ramey II, Charles L., Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, and Beth Ann Thacker. "Comparative analysis of letters and reports in an upper-division lab." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 424-429 of PER Conference. 27 Nov. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15520&DocID=5368>.
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