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Abstract Title: Studying student engagement in science practices using their lab reports and lab reflections
Abstract: Science practices are an integral part of learning science. However, mastering such practices is a complicated process for high school students. Unfamiliarity with inquiry-based environment and open-ended problems that do not have one correct solution is often perceived as frustrating for these learners. How do students cope with these challenges and how long does it take them to become comfortable? We implemented ISLE labs that focus on the development of student scientific abilities in a highs school physics course during one academic year and collected data containing the descriptions of designed experiments and students reflections. The data allowed us to answer questions related to the development of science practices including time required for development of specific abilities as well as the level of proficiency. We also investigated the differences in individual and group reports and students' self-assessment and reflections.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: New developments in high school labs

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Danielle Bugge
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education