10-16 June 2018
Dalhousie University
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Engaging Students in Authentic Scientific Practices in Physics Lab Courses (I)

12 Jun 2018, 13:45
SUB 303 (cap.100) (Dalhousie University)

SUB 303 (cap.100)

Dalhousie University

Invited Speaker / Conférencier(ère) invité(e) Physics Education / Enseignement de la physique (DPE-DEP) T3-6 Developing Scientific Practices in the Laboratory (DPE) | Exercice de la science en laboratoire (DEP)


Dr Heather Lewandowski (University of Colorado)


Physics is an empirical science. Therefore, learning physics must include learning how to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and revise models and apparatus. Physics lab courses at the introductory and upper-division levels are one of only a few opportunities for students to engage in these authentic physics practices. For many students, instructional labs are the only opportunity. However, these courses do not always have the students reach the desired learning goals. Our work looks to improve lab experiences by improving students' competency with modeling of physical and measurment systems, troubleshooting skills, documentation practices, and views of the nature of experimental physics.

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Dr Heather Lewandowski (University of Colorado)

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