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Abstract Title: CIPT Labs: A Vehicle for Improving HS Physics Laboratory Programs and Student Learning
Abstract: From 2002-2012 the CNS Institute for Physics Teachers (CIPT) at Cornell University offered professional development workshops, graduate courses, and free access to a lending library of over 30 different lab activities co-developed by teachers and Cornell University researchers. From the time the CIPT started keeping lending library statistics in 2005 through the end of the funding period in 2012, there were over 60,000 high school student uses of this lending library hardware nationwide. Survey data shows that teachers overwhelming agreed that participation in CIPT programs and use of CIPT labs improved teacher confidence, instructional practices, attitude toward teaching, and lab program quality. Teachers also reported that their students' confidence, learning, attitude, and course enjoyment increased by doing CIPT labs. The CIPT is a replicable model and lending libraries based on CIPT hardware have been established in the US and internationally. Best practices gained from 10 years experience will be shared.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: New developments in high school labs

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Julie Nucci
Cornell University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jim Overhiser, Physics Teacher Owego-Apalachin Central School; Teacher in Residence, Dept of  Physics, Cornell University