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ERIC Number: EJ1038293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Evaluating a Contextual-Based Course on Data Analysis for the Physics Laboratory
Kukliansky, Ida; Eshach, Haim
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v23 n1 p108-115 Feb 2014
The interpretation of data and construction and understanding of graphs are central practices in science; therefore, an important skill needed in the undergraduate physics laboratory is the ability to analyze data obtained from experiments. Often students are not able to reach logical deductions based on data, acquired from the experiments that they conducted, because they lack appropriate analysis skills. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a short teaching unit developed for this purpose, among undergraduate students. Learning in context approach was implemented in building the unit. Also, both procedural and conceptual knowledge were given emphasis. The "data analysis" questionnaire was used to compare the results between the experimental group and control group. The findings indicate that students who participated in the teaching unit arrived at significantly better results in the data analysis questionnaire as compared to students in the control group. This study may contribute to those who wish to design a contextual-based learning environment for physics laboratory data analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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