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Abstract Title: First year students' emotional engagement with Physics
Abstract: Students' emotional engagement is one of the important factors to be considered in Physics Education Research. Yet no instruments have been developed to measure the emotions of students studying Physics. We have adapted and validated the Achievement Emotion Questionnaire, developed by Pekrun, for first year physics experiments. We constructed an 'intervention' experiment on thermal physics. This was a guided inquiry experiment with clear instructions.  We included a colorful story on the 'History of Heat' in the introduction of the experiment. The 'control' experiment on 'ultrasound waves' was written in a standard manner and was not modified. Our pilot study was done over three weeks of first semester laboratories. Surveys were collected from 320 students. The same cohort of students was surveyed for the intervention and for the control.  We found more emotional engagement of students for the Intervention compared to Control.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A48

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Aesha Piyush Bhansali
University of Sydney
Unit 17, 5-7 Campbell Street
Sydney, 2150
Phone: 0481374018
and Co-Presenter(s)
Manjula Sharma, The University of Sydney