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Measuring the impact of conceptual inquiry-based labs
written by Danny Doucette
Conceptual inquiry-based introductory physics labs deploy PER-informed pedagogical strategies in physics labs with the aim of helping to improve students' understanding of physics concepts. Unlike traditional labs (which tend to be highly-structured and focus on verification of scientific relationships via precision measurements) and skills-based labs (which tend to eschew the aim of helping students learn physics concepts in favor of teaching experimental skills), some studies have suggested that conceptual inquiry-based labs may have a positive impact on student conceptual understanding, as measured by concept inventories. This paper reports on a randomized controlled study that compares student conceptual gains in electricity and magnetism between a conceptual inquiry-based lab and a skills-based lab. Following a difference-in-differences analytical strategy and using hierarchical linear modeling, the result from this study is that the conceptual inquiry-based lab provides no additional benefit to students' conceptual learning gains compared with the skills-based lab. Studies such as these may help physics departments make decisions about the goals and scope of transformations to their introductory lab courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 151-156
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Lower Undergraduate
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Doucette, D. (2022, July 13-14). Measuring the impact of conceptual inquiry-based labs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved May 24, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16224&DocID=5593
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Doucette, Danny. "Measuring the impact of conceptual inquiry-based labs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16224&DocID=5593 (accessed 24 May 2024).
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Doucette, Danny. "Measuring the impact of conceptual inquiry-based labs." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 151-156 of PER Conference. 24 May 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16224&DocID=5593>.
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