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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Cole Walsh, Heather J. Lewandowski, and N. G. Holmes
Instructional labs are fundamental to an undergraduate physics curriculum, but their possible learning goals are vast with limited evidence to support any particular goal. In this study, we evaluate the efficacy of labs with different goals and structures on students' critical thinking skills and views about experimentation, using an extensive database of survey responses from over 20?000 students at over 100 institutions. Here, we show that labs focused on developing experimentation skills improve students' critical thinking skills and experimentation views compared to labs focused on reinforcing lecture concepts. We further demonstrate the positive impacts of skills-based labs over concepts-based labs on these outcomes across students' gender and race or ethnicity. Our analysis also shows that activities to support students' decision making and communication explain over one-half and one-third of the effect of skills-based labs on students' critical thinking skills and experimentation views, respectively, while modeling activities have only a small effect on performance.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 010128
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010128
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Keywords:
Colorado Learning Attitudes About Science Survey for Experimental Physics, Critical Thinking assessment, E-CLASS assessment, PLIC assessment, Physics Lab Inventory of Critical Thinking, Skills-based Lab, attitudes
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Walsh, H. Lewandowski, and N. Holmes, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010128 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010128).
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C. Walsh, H. Lewandowski, and N. Holmes, Skills-focused lab instruction improves critical thinking skills and experimentation views for all students, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010128 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010128>.
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Walsh, C., Lewandowski, H., & Holmes, N. (2022, April 11). Skills-focused lab instruction improves critical thinking skills and experimentation views for all students. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(1), 010128. Retrieved April 15, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010128
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Walsh, C, H. Lewandowski, and N. Holmes. "Skills-focused lab instruction improves critical thinking skills and experimentation views for all students." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 1, (April 11, 2022): 010128, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010128 (accessed 15 April 2024).
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Walsh, Cole, Heather J. Lewandowski, and Natasha G. Holmes. "Skills-focused lab instruction improves critical thinking skills and experimentation views for all students." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.1 (2022): 010128. 15 Apr. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010128>.
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