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Abstract Title: Comparative analysis of letters and reports in an upper-division lab
Abstract: In redesigning the Modern Physics Lab at Strive University, where its purpose was in developing writing skills.  We also implemented the pedagogical method Letters Home which offers students the ability to practice communication in a form of letters to experts and non-experts. We used the AAPT guidelines to develop a coding scheme with 8 categories.  And  used a linguistic analysis software program called LIWC to assess the data's language variables authenticity, clout, tone, and analytics.  This case study investigates 6 students' completion of 6 writing assignments (letters and reports) to a real audience.  Our results indicate 6 of the 8 coding categories appear in at least 50% of the data.  Also, there are similarities in artifacts'' analytics, and authenticity scores were double for artifacts to non-experts than experts.  We concluded our coding scheme characterizes physics communication, and the similarities between letters and lab reports may be due to our  curriculum redesign.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.B5
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Charles L. Ramey II
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dimitrie R. Dounas-Frazer, Western Washington University
Beth Thacker, Texas Tech University