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Investigating students' views about the role of writing in physics lab classes
written by Jessica R. Hoehn and H. J. Lewandowski
Writing is an important aspect of experimental physics. Physics laboratory classes typically engage students in scientific documentation and writing in the forms of lab notebooks, reports, or proposals. Instructors of these classes may have a variety of motivations for incorporating writing. We previously developed a framework for thinking about the role of writing in physics lab classes that lists and categorizes possible goals instructors may have for writing. Here, we use that framework as a research tool to investigate students' views about, and experiences with, writing in lab classes, and experimental physics more generally. We present results of an analysis of student responses to weekly reflection questions throughout one semester of an advanced lab class. The results suggest that students think about writing in a variety of ways, and that the context and framing of the course may impact student thinking about the purpose of writing.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 216-221
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Self Assessment
- Communication
= Writing
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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J. Hoehn and H. Lewandowski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15486&DocID=5334).
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J. Hoehn and H. Lewandowski, Investigating students' views about the role of writing in physics lab classes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15486&DocID=5334>.
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Hoehn, J., & Lewandowski, H. (2020, July 22-23). Investigating students' views about the role of writing in physics lab classes. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15486&DocID=5334
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Hoehn, Jessica R., and H. J. Lewandowski. "Investigating students' views about the role of writing in physics lab classes." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15486&DocID=5334 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Hoehn, Jessica R., and H. J. Lewandowski. "Investigating students' views about the role of writing in physics lab classes." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 216-221 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15486&DocID=5334>.
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