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Abstract Title: Using Students' Design Tasks to Develop Scientific Abilities
Abstract: To help students develop the scientific abilities desired in the 21st century workplace, four different types of student design tasks--observational, testing, application, and investigation experiments--have been developed and implemented in our calculus-based introductory courses. Students in small groups are engaged in designing and conducting their own experiments to observe some physical phenomena, test a physics principle, build a real-life device, solve a complex problem, or to conduct an open-inquiry investigation. This work was supported in part by NSF and in collaboration with the Physics and Astronomy Education Research Group at Rutgers University. In this talk, examples of the design tasks will be shown and assessment results of students' achievements will be reported.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: The role of design in labs

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Xueli Zou
California State University, Chico