ERIC Number: EJ897464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
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Enhancing Learning by Writing Laboratory Reports in Class
Aurora, Tarlok S.
Journal of Faculty Development, v24 n1 p35-36 Jan 2010
Introductory science courses often have laboratory components in which students are required to write formal lab reports as homework. These reports often have problems such as incorrect data analysis, mistaken conclusions, and unclear graphs, all errors that indicate that students often fail to understand the experiments. Plagiarism is also common. To attack these problems, we required students to write lab reports in class, so the exercise was more akin to an examination. We discovered that this method yielded many benefits and considerably reduced the problems with lab reports.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Physics, Laboratories, Reports, Data Analysis, Plagiarism, Classroom Environment, Educational Improvement
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Education Level: Higher Education
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