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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Jessica R. Hoehn and Heather J. Lewandowski
Scientific writing, in the form of lab notebooks, proposals, and reports, is a common element of physics lab classes. Multiweek student-designed projects are growing in popularity, especially in advanced lab courses, and writing may play a unique role in these types of courses. In prior work, we developed a framework of possible goals for writing in physics lab classes. Here, we use that framework as a lens through which to view three different advanced lab courses that include student-designed projects. We conduct a multiple case-study analysis to investigate how these courses incorporate writing to address various goals. We find that both the timescale and the open-ended nature of projects present unique opportunities for having students engage in authentic writing practices.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 020161
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020161
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PHY-1734006
Keywords:
authentic writing, physics lab, physics lab course, scientific writing
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J. Hoehn and H. Lewandowski, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020161 (2020), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020161).
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J. Hoehn and H. Lewandowski, Incorporating writing in advanced lab projects: A multiple case-study analysis, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16 (2), 020161 (2020), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020161>.
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Hoehn, J., & Lewandowski, H. (2020, December 14). Incorporating writing in advanced lab projects: A multiple case-study analysis. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 16(2), 020161. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020161
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Hoehn, Jessica R., and Heather J. Lewandowski. "Incorporating writing in advanced lab projects: A multiple case-study analysis." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16, no. 2, (December 14, 2020): 020161, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020161 (accessed 12 June 2024).
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Hoehn, Jessica R., and Heather J. Lewandowski. "Incorporating writing in advanced lab projects: A multiple case-study analysis." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 16.2 (2020): 020161. 12 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.16.020161>.
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