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Abstract Title: Results from Piloting a Design-style Lab in Introductory Algebra-based Mechanics
Abstract: At the University of Illinois, we have piloted a new design-style laboratory which focuses on sense-making and the acquisition of scientific skills in our algebra-based introductory mechanics course, which primarily serves life science students.  This lab format was piloted for two semesters in 2017 with part of the class (2-3 sections) in preparation for scaling it up to the entire class.  We collected data on both students' attitudes and conceptual learning using traditional instruments.  We compare these data from students in the reformed laboratory sections with data from students in the more traditional step-by-step guided labs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B28

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William R. Evans
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 West Green St
Urbana, IL 61821
Phone: 801-318-7768
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mats A. Selen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign