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Abstract Title: Project laboratory for beginning physics majors: Think like a physicist from the start
Abstract: I will present 12 years of experience of leading "Project laboratory" course for first and second year physics majors. The main goal of the course is to develop students' science competences and skills in situations that are close to working conditions of physicists. This goal is achieved by giving the students an opportunity to work in small groups on open ended practical problems. The work takes 9 hours of class time (and more hours outside of class) and is spread over three weeks. Students design/build their own equipment, plan their own investigations and interpret and explain collected data. I will discuss the logistical and technical aspects of the course (equipment, examples of project tasks, etc.) present the examples of projects that students completed and share students' perceptions of learning in the course as expressed in their course evaluations.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Instructional Goals and Research Methods in the International PER community: A GIREP Symposium

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gorazd Planinsic
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia