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Abstract Title: Preliminary model for conditions and processes that facilitate project ownership
Abstract: In many upper-division lab courses, instructors implement multiweek student-led projects. During such projects, students may design and carry out experiments, collect and analyze data, document and report their findings, and collaborate closely with peers and mentors. To better understand cognitive, social, and affective aspects of projects, we conducted an exploratory investigation spanning six institutions. One focus area was student ownership of projects. Ownership is a complex construct that refers to, e.g., students' willingness and ability to make strategic decisions about their project. Using data collected through surveys and interviews with students and instructors, we developed a preliminary model for the conditions and processes that facilitate project ownership. Our model describes student orientation to the project during three phases: choice of topic, execution of experiment, and synthesis of results. Herein, we explicate our model and demonstrate that it maps well onto students' and instructors' conceptions of ownership and prior literature.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C48
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer
Western Washington University
WWU Department of Physics and Astronomy
516 High Street - MS 9164
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 3038620337
and Co-Presenter(s)
Laura RĂ­os, University of Colorado Boulder and H. J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado Boulder