ERIC Number: ED244798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Student Opinions of the Laboratory Activities in the Learning Cycle in Secondary School Physics.
Renner, John W.
This research investigated the value students attached to the laboratory activities while studying physics using the learning cycle curriculum construction and teaching procedures. Among the procedures used to supply students laboratory data were video-taped demonstrations, "live" teacher demonstration, presenting data in written form someone else had gathered, being lectured to about the data, or taking data from a textbook. Before each learning cycle began and after each learning cycle phase (a total of four times) six students were interviewed to determine their knowledge of content, how their understandings of physics were changing, and their feelings regarding the laboratory activities being used. Approximately 150 such interviews were conducted. The naturalistic data from the interviews (samples of which are provided) demonstrate that students are enthusiastic about what and how they learn in the laboratory. They believe that learning in the laboratory is superior to other procedures used to supply them data. This suggests that the laboratory is essential if physics is to be experienced as science. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Naturalistic Research; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (57th, New Orleans, LA, April, 1984).