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Abstract Title: ISLE-Based Laboratory Reform at an Urban University
Abstract: Over the 2018-2019 academic year we reformed two sections of the Introductory Physics Laboratory course at Rutgers Newark, a public university in Newark, NJ serving a diverse student population. Our reforms were based on the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE). We used the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science  Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS), anonymous student surveys, and focus groups with students enrolled in the course to evaluate the effectiveness of this reform. We found that, when compared to the non-reformed sections of the same course, the reformed labs had a significant impact on students' attitudes and beliefs about experimental physics as measured by the E-CLASS. We found students had significantly more expert-like beliefs for five particular statements on the E-CLASS which align with the goals of the reform effort. Students self-reported increased understandings of physics and experimentation and interest in physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A77
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Joshua Rutberg
Rutgers University
10 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 845-242-6875
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University,
Diane Jammula, Rutgers Newark