ERIC Number: ED438183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
On the Effectiveness of Active-Engagement Microcomputer-Based Laboratories.
Redish, Edward F.; Saul, Jeffery M.; Steinberg, Richard N.
This paper reports on the results of substituting one-hour active-engagement tutorials using microcomputer based laboratory (MBL) equipment for traditional problem-solving recitations in introductory calculus-based mechanics classes for engineering students at the University of Maryland. The results of two specific tutorials--one on the concept of instantaneous velocity and one on Newton's third law--were probed using standard multiple choice questions and a free-response final exam question. Findings indicate that the MBL tutorials resulted in a significant improvement compared to the traditional recitations when measured by carefully designed multiple-choice questions. Results of the free-response item indicate that although the tutorial students did somewhat better in recognizing and applying the concepts, improvement is still needed. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Originally published in the American Journal of Physics, v65 p45-54, 1997.