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Abstract Title: Investigating Critical Thinking in First Year Physics Undergraduate Laboratories: A 3-Year Study
Abstract: The pedagogical framework, Structured Quantitative Inquiry Lab (SQILab) provides an environment where students can effectively develop and hone their critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills. In a previous study, students in a SQILab course were compared to students in the same course but without the SQILab framework. Both groups of students conducted an identical physics experiment to determine the index of refraction of a piece of Plexiglass. Students in the SQILab course demonstrated more critical thought on their measurements and data than the control group, but were still unlikely to resolve systematic effects or use comparisons to motivate improving their data. In this study, we implemented several recommendations from the previous work with a new cohort of students and evaluated their performance on the same experiment to answer the questions posed by the previous study. The results from this new evaluation is very indicative of the efficacy of the SQILab.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dhaneesh Kumar
University of British Columbia
6335 Thunderbird Crescent
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Phone: 7789266467
and Co-Presenter(s)
N. G. Holmes, Stanford University

D. A. Bonn, University of British Columbia