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Abstract Title: Differential Impacts of Aligning Expectations in Introductory Physics Labs
Abstract: There has been an abundance of work done to study students' epistemological beliefs in physics lecture classes but much less has been done in the laboratory classes. The introductory physics laboratory courses at Michigan State University are currently undergoing a transformation. One goal of the transformation is to align the students epistemological expectations of how to succeed in a lab with what the faculty want students to get out of the lab experience. This work looks at student attitudes as measured by the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS). We will present analysis of how particular goals of the lab transformation align (or not) with shifts in student attitudes with an emphasis on gender differences.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kelsey Funkhouser
Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University
William M. Martinez, Michigan State University
Marcos D.Caballero, Michigan State University