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American Journal of Physics
written by Mark F. Masters and Timothy T. Grove
We have modified our intermediate optics laboratory to improve student understanding through the use of active learning. Our approach relies on the direct confrontation of misconceptions through the use of predictions, collection of data to support or refute the predictions, reconciliation of the predictions and observations, discussions, and leading questions. This method differs from the traditional approach in which students are provided a series of detailed instructions. Through the class and the laboratory we build conceptual understanding in subjects such as image formation by lenses and mirrors, ray optics, and elliptical polarization while fostering laboratory independence and helping students erect a new paradigm for learning.We present data indicating improved student understanding of optics through the course of the semester.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 78, Issue 5, Pages 485-485
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Curriculum Development
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Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
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Optics
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- Upper Undergraduate
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© 2010 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.3381077
ISBN Number:
00029505
NSF Number:
0410760
PACSs:
01.50.Pa
42.00.00
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Metadata instance created September 8, 2013 by Zachary Davis
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April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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M. Masters and T. Grove, Am. J. Phys. 78 (5), 485 (2010), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3381077).
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M. Masters and T. Grove, Active learning in intermediate optics through concept building laboratories, Am. J. Phys. 78 (5), 485 (2010), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3381077>.
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Masters, M., & Grove, T. (2010, May 1). Active learning in intermediate optics through concept building laboratories. Am. J. Phys., 78(5), 485-485. Retrieved May 22, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3381077
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Masters, Mark, and Timothy Grove. "Active learning in intermediate optics through concept building laboratories." Am. J. Phys. 78, no. 5, (May 1, 2010): 485-485, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3381077 (accessed 22 May 2022).
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Masters, Mark, and Timothy Grove. "Active learning in intermediate optics through concept building laboratories." Am. J. Phys. 78.5 (2010): 485-485. 22 May 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3381077>.
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