ERIC Number: EJ1162175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Asking the Next Generation: The Implementation of Pre-University Students' Ideas about Physics Laboratory Preparation Exercises
Dunnett, K.; Bartlett, P. A.
Physics Education, v53 n1 Article 015016 Jan 2018
It was planned to introduce online pre-laboratory session activities to a first-year undergraduate physics laboratory course to encourage a minimum level of student preparation for experiments outside the laboratory environment. A group of 16 and 17 year old laboratory work-experience students were tasked to define and design a pre-laboratory activity based on experiments that they had been undertaking. This informed the structure, content and aims of the activities introduced to a first year physics undergraduate laboratory course, with the particular focus on practising the data handling. An implementation study showed how students could try to optimise high grades, rather than gain efficiency-enhancing experience if careful controls were not put in place by assessors. However, the work demonstrated that pre-university and first-year physics students can take an active role in developing scaffolding activities that can help to improve the performance of those that follow their footsteps.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Undergraduate Study, College Science, Online Courses, Science Experiments, Laboratory Experiments, Science Tests, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Grades (Scholastic), Evaluation Methods, Secondary School Students, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)