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What Makes a Good Physics Lab Partner?
written by Danny Doucette, Russell Clark, and Chandralekha Singh
Students who take lab courses engage in active, collaborative learning that has the potential to teach scientific thinking skills while also stimulating students' interest in science and developing their self-efficacy. We describe different types of collaboration in terms of the mutuality of engagement they represent, and investigate how these different types of collaboration impacted student interest and self-efficacy in introductory physics labs. We surveyed college physics students about their beliefs and experiences regarding working with a lab partner. We find that when asked explicitly about what they valued in a lab partner, a majority of students noted that they wanted a "fair split" of the work. However, we find that students experienced improved physics interest and self-efficacy when they participated equally in all aspects of the lab, such as operating the apparatus and recording the data, which is a different form of mutuality of engagement. This form of participation disproportionately benefited women, a traditionally disadvantaged group in physics labs. Our findings suggest that students' physics interest and self-efficacy might be positively impacted in lab courses that are designed to ensure that students participate equally in all aspects of the lab work, as opposed to lab courses in which students split up their work inequitably, as they might prefer to do.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 124-130
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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D. Doucette, R. Clark, and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15470&DocID=5318).
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D. Doucette, R. Clark, and C. Singh, What Makes a Good Physics Lab Partner?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15470&DocID=5318>.
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Doucette, D., Clark, R., & Singh, C. (2020, July 22-23). What Makes a Good Physics Lab Partner?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15470&DocID=5318
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Doucette, D, R. Clark, and C. Singh. "What Makes a Good Physics Lab Partner?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15470&DocID=5318 (accessed 26 February 2021).
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Doucette, Danny, Russell Clark, and Chandralekha Singh. "What Makes a Good Physics Lab Partner?." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 124-130 of PER Conference. 26 Feb. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15470&DocID=5318>.
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