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Abstract Title: Exploring Problem-Based Cooperative Learning in Undergraduate Physics Labs
Abstract: An essential learning objective of any undergraduate practical lab class must be that students develop a sense of scientific process. As well as learning to use and apply specific experimental techniques, lab classes should provide an environment that encourages students to think and learn about the broader context and underlying methodologies.
This study set out to explore the impact of including problem-based cooperative learning (PBCL) in undergraduate physics labs. PBCL was shown to have a positive effect on student accessing higher cognitive levels of learning and on students' engagement in their own learning during the physics lab. Overall, PBCL was shown to be an effective pedagogical instructional approach to enhancing undergraduate physics students' engagement in their own learning in the lab and in enhancing their critical thinking skills.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Shane Bergin
School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin
School of Physics
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, NA1
Phone: +35318962168
and Co-Presenter(s)
Colette Murphy, School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, colette.murphy -at- tcd.ie
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, aoibhinn.nishuilleabhain -at- ucd.ie