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Abstract Title: Probing Students' Experiences in the First Year Physics Laboratory
Abstract: As part of a broader study aimed at understanding the first-year laboratory experience from various perspectives, we report on a pilot study in which we probed students' perceptions of the first-year lab course at the end of the first term. For this purpose we developed a written instrument comprising five questions regarding the following areas of interest: expectations, enjoyment, learning, relation to course content, and assessment. Each question on the instrument is framed as a debate in which different points of view were posited. The respondents were requested to choose the view with which they most closely agreed (forced choice response), and more importantly, were directed to explain their choice in detail (free response writing). We detail the analysis and report on some of the preliminary findings focusing on the aspects of enjoyment and the learning experience
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Munene Maria Tlowana
University Avenue
Physics department
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Non U.S. Phone: 0812714964
and Co-Presenter(s)
Saalih Allie

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