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Abstract Title: A National Assessment of Undergraduate Physics Labs: First Results
Abstract: The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS) is a short multiple choice survey that assesses students' attitudes about conducting physics experiments in an instructional setting and in professional research. The survey is given at the beginning and at the end of a course, whereupon students are also asked about what helped to earn a good grade in the course. A variety of aspects of experimentation are explored, including students' sense-making, affect, self-confidence, and the value of collaboration. Over 4000 E-CLASS responses have been gathered from over 30 courses at 17 colleges and universities. We will present a broad overview of our findings, including which student views are the least expert-like, which views shift most over the course of a semester, and which have largest differences between introductory and upper-division courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Heather Lewandowski
University of Colorado
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin Zwickl, University of Colorado
Takako Hirokawa, University of Colorado
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado