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Abstract Title: Comparison of expert-like attitudes and scientific reasoning skills
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: Results from a multi-semester study of the effects of eight supplemental laboratory activities in a general education physics course will be presented. A total of two control and three treatment semesters were studied. The results allowed comparison between expert-like attitudes measured by the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) and scientific reasoning skills measured by Lawson's Classroom Test of Science Reasoning. Correlation of the pre/post-test CLASS scores and post-test Lawson scores found no relationship between the scores. Both student attitudes and scientific reasoning skills showed improvement for the first semester the intervention was applied. In subsequent semesters, improved scientific reasoning skills continued to be observed, but not improvement in students' scientific attitudes. A detailed comparison of the CLASS and Lawson scores are presented along with a discussion of implications for instruction given this apparent decoupling of expert-like attitudes and reasoning skills.
Session Time: Poster Session 1
Poster Number: I-48
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Primary Contact: Amber Sammons
South Fork Jr./Sr. High School
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: 2176918039

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