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Abstract Title: Students’ beliefs about the nature of experimental physics: Part two
Abstract: In this poster, we report on the second part of a two-part investigation of students' beliefs about the nature of experimental physics. Participants in our study were undergraduate physics students enrolled in a project-based optics laboratory course at a Master's-granting university in the Midwestern United States. During surveys and interviews, we asked participants to specify whether particular classroom practices were features of experimental physics research, and to explain their reasoning. In the second part of our project, we describe which practices were perceived as features of experimental physics by most participants, or by only a minority of participants. Additionally, we look for patterns in participants' reasoning within and across practices. For example, preliminary analysis suggests that participants may have viewed writing code, building electronics, and fabricating parts as features of experimental physics if the object being created was uniquely tailored to the experiment.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A59

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Soojin E. Park
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kimme S. Johnson, Western Washington University; H. J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado Boulder; Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, Western Washington University