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Abstract Title: Preparation for future learning: Effects of innovation on student discourse
Abstract: One of goals of every class activity is to create a foundation for the future learning.  Previous research confirmed that promoting efficiency of learning by supplying the expert written well-structured lab is not effective for the subsequent learning from a normative resource. We compared written discourse of three groups of students who conducted three types of lab: a design lab in mechanics (control group), a traditional "cookbook" lab, and an innovation lab in thermal conductivity prior to learning from the normative text on thermal conductivity. We followed with qualitative analysis of students' answers to the questions based on the reading. We found that students who conducted the cookbook lab prior to reading the text not only acquired less conceptual understanding, but also used higher level of cognitive activities and pictorial representations less frequently than the other two groups. Our research shows that cookbook labs are harmful for student subsequent learning.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gregory Suran
Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eugenia Etkina