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Abstract Title: Transfer of Learning in the Context of an Inquiry-Based General Physics Laboratory
Abstract: This research investigated how several inquiry-based introductory physics laboratory activities facilitate students' knowledge construction and how they affect students' ability to apply physics principles in explaining real-life situations.  In this paper, we will document the associations that students make as they go through hands-on activities designed to guide them to discover physics principles and relationships among physical quantities. Our results showed that most students do not readily transfer the target content knowledge learned through discovery-based laboratory activities into a transfer context (e.g. real-life situations).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Edgar Corpuz
Department of Physics and Geology, University of Texas-Pan American
1201 W. University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78539
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jennifer Rodriguez
University of Texas-Pan American

Rolando Rosalez
University of Texas-Pan American