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Abstract Title: Relationship between students’ affect and their sense of ownership of upper-division lab projects
Abstract: The development of students' sense of ownership of their work is recognized by many lab instructors to be an important outcome of lab courses. However, the way ownership manifests, as well as how it is developed, has not been a focus of study within the physics education research community. As a first step toward understanding what ownership looks like in this context, we are studying an upper-division project-based optics course in which ownership is an explicit learning goal. Utilizing data from the Project Ownership Survey, as well as student interviews that focus on challenges and memorable moments, we investigate how their sense of ownership relates to their recollection of the challenges and successes they experienced during the course of the projects. Furthermore, we examine how their described affect, in response to these experiences, relates to their sense of ownership of the project outcome.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jacob T. Stanley
University of Colorado - Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer; Laura Kiepura; H. J. Lewandowski