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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Benjamin M. Zwickl, Takako Hirokawa, Noah D. Finkelstein, and H. J. Lewandowski
In response to national calls to better align physics laboratory courses with the way physicists engage in research, we have developed an epistemology and expectations survey to assess how students perceive the nature of physics experiments in the contexts of laboratory courses and the professional research laboratory. The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS) evaluates students' epistemology at the beginning and end of a semester. Students respond to paired questions about how they personally perceive doing experiments in laboratory courses and how they perceive an experimental physicist might respond regarding their research. Also, at the end of the semester, the E-CLASS assesses a third dimension of laboratory instruction, students' reflections on their course's expectations for earning a good grade. By basing survey statements on widely embraced learning goals and common critiques of teaching labs, the E-CLASS serves as an assessment tool for lab courses across the undergraduate curriculum and as a tool for physics education research. We present the development, evidence of validation, and initial formative assessment results from a sample that includes 45 classes at 20 institutions. We also discuss feedback from instructors and reflect on the challenges of large-scale online administration and distribution of results.
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10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010120
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B. Zwickl, T. Hirokawa, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (1), 010120 (2014), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010120).
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B. Zwickl, T. Hirokawa, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski, Epistemology and expectations survey about experimental physics: Development and initial results, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (1), 010120 (2014), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010120>.
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Zwickl, B., Hirokawa, T., Finkelstein, N., & Lewandowski, H. (2014, June 2). Epistemology and expectations survey about experimental physics: Development and initial results. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 10(1), 010120. Retrieved May 28, 2020, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010120
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Zwickl, B, T. Hirokawa, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski. "Epistemology and expectations survey about experimental physics: Development and initial results." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10, no. 1, (June 2, 2014): 010120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010120 (accessed 28 May 2020).
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Zwickl, Benjamin, Takako Hirokawa, Noah Finkelstein, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Epistemology and expectations survey about experimental physics: Development and initial results." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10.1 (2014): 010120. 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010120>.
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