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Abstract Title: Framework for Students’ Epistemological Development in Physics Experiments
Abstract: In order to better understand the impact of lab courses and experiential learning on students' views of professional physics and physics careers, we are developing tools that assess students' epistemology specifically related to physics experiments.    We have conducted a series of open-ended individual interviews about doing physics experiments with students in various stages of academic study, from introductory level physics courses to graduate research labs.  The interviews were used to develop a more detailed framework of students' epistemology of experimental physics, which includes topics such as justifications for the validity of experiments, relationship between theory and experiment, autonomy in experimentation, and the role of uncertainty analysis. Based on the preliminary findings, we developed and administered an open-ended survey to a larger student population in order to more clearly identify key aspects of epistemological development from introductory physics students to graduate students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dehui Hu
Rochester Institute of Technology
85 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: 5854754177
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin M. Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology