publication . Article . 2017

Transforming the Learning Environment of Undergraduate Physics Laboratories to Enhance Physics Inquiry Processes

Gregory P. Thomas; Al Meldrum; John Beamish;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2017 Journal: Scientia in educatione, volume 8 (eissn: 1804-7106, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press
Concerns persist regarding the lack of promotion of students’ scientific inquiry processes in undergraduate physics laboratories. The consensus in the literature is that, especially in the early years of undergraduate physics programs, students’ laboratory work is characterized by recipe type, step-by-step instructions for activities where the aim is often confirmation of an already well-established physics principle or concept. In response to evidence reflecting these concerns at their university, the authors successfully secured funding for this study. A mixed-method design was employed. In the 2011/2012 academic year baseline data were collected. A quantitati...
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free text keywords: Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health, Learning environment, Mathematics education, Academic year, Quantitative survey, Baseline data, Scale (social sciences), Promotion (rank), media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, lcsh:Education, lcsh:L
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