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Abstract Title: Progressions of Student Laboratory Writing Skills
Abstract: Explicit writing instruction in our university physics laboratories includes a detailed rubric, good and poor sample lab reports, and a scaffolding process in which each week students include one new component of a written laboratory report.  The progress of student writing skills over the course of the semester was evaluated by analyzing student laboratory reports on multiple facets including the quality and completeness of the abstract, the clarity of the experimental description, the use of units and uncertainties, and the conclusions.  Several different trends are observed, indicating different underlying processes.  The quality of the experimental description shows a general improving trend over the course of the semester while the major change in abstracts comes after receiving feedback for the first time.   Use of units is reasonably good from the beginning, but students struggled all semester to use uncertainties in drawing conclusions.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Scott Bonham
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1077
Phone: 270-745-6196
Fax: 270-745-2014
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kolton Jones, Western Kentucky University