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Abstract Title: Transformation of Third-Year Physics Laboratory Courses
Abstract: Third-year physics laboratory courses offered in the Department of Physics at Queen's University in Canada are taught in a traditional way, where the instructors ask the students to carry out a list of set experiments to verify known results. We found that although the students like the hands-on experience, they are not satisfied with their learning outcomes. We are transforming these lab courses to provide students with more inquiry-based learning. The students will choose their research projects, design, and carry out their own experiments. To prepare for this, the first half of the semester will be devoted to activities and exercises that are carefully developed to give the students the necessary backgrounds and skills for their projects. By going through the processes of coming up with their research questions, modeling, designing, data taking and analysis, and presenting scientific findings, students will develop skills and mindsets that are authentic to professional scientists. Validated research tools for lab observations and attitude surveys will be deployed to help evaluate this course transformation.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bei Cai
Queen's University
64 Bader Lane
Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Non U.S. K7L 3N6
Phone: 1-613-533-2694
and Co-Presenter(s)
Robert Knobel and William Thompson

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