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Abstract Title: Measuring the impact of content and scientific practice goals in introductory physics labs on the learning of introductory physics
Abstract: Our recent study showed that two lab courses, whose goals were exclusively to reinforce material developed in the lecture courses, do not provide any added value to learning the concepts than the other components of the course. In this study, we will replicate this analysis with a modified version of one of these courses whose goals also included modeling, designing experiments, and analyzing and visualizing data. This modified course used the same set of experiments as the previous version, but changed the pre-lab and in-lab activities to focus on developing and testing models. The study is evaluating whether these additional goals and activities will help or hinder students' learning of the physics material compared to previous results.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Carl Wieman
Stanford University
and Co-Presenter(s)
N.G. Holmes, Stanford University

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