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Abstract Title: Examining student growth in laboratory notebook practices in introductory physics courses
Abstract: Recent undergraduate laboratory recommendations emphasize the importance of helping students develop their scientific documentations skills throughout the curriculum. Learning proper lab notebook practices is important for students in preparation for graduate school and the STEM workforce. Laboratory notebooks can also be a valuable tool for instructors to assess a student's understanding of lab activities and the underlying physics principles. This study analyzes students' development of standard notebook practices during introductory physics lab courses. This research was conducted through a series of pre- and post-surveys given in introductory physics lab classes. The surveys cover topics of how students use lab notebooks, how they learned notebook practices, and their attitudes toward beliefs about using lab notebooks. This paper uses a mixed methods approach to examine student growth in specific laboratory notebook practices and reviews the instructional methods and feedback that were most effective for first semester physics students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.D3
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Zwartz
Lewis University & Joliet Central High School
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 7085251559
and Co-Presenter(s)
Joseph F. Kozminski, Lewis University