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Abstract Title: Longitudinal E-CLASS Study of Physics Majors at a Masters-granting, Comprehensive University
Abstract: As the PER community expands research into upper-level physics lectures, effective assessment instruments are needed for upper-level physics lab instructors, especially those wanting to implement recommendations from AAPT/APS reports on laboratories and undergraduate curriculum.  E-CLASS, Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey – Experimental Physics, is one instrument assessing students' attitudes, habits, and strategies about laboratory work and comparing them with professional responses.  At a Masters-granting, Comprehensive University, E-CLASS data from required laboratory courses for majors (introductory through advanced) were analyzed using repeated t-tests, via gains and normalized gains.  Introductory student scores were consistent with national scores, with an overall shift toward less expert/professional attitudes.  Intermediate and advanced lab pre- and post-test scores were higher than national averages, with an overall shift toward more expert/professional attitudes.  Modifications made to each upper-level lab course, together with laboratory experiences prior to upper-level labs, may explain these results.  Although one type of institution was examined, E-CLASS can provide insight into what works/needs improvement at any institution offering more than one laboratory experience for majors.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.K4

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Primary Contact: Patricia E. Allen
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 8287191797