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Assessing first-year undergraduate physics students' laboratory practices: seeking to encourage research behaviours
KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA.
Aberystwyth Univ, Dept Phys, Aberystwyth SY23 3BZ, Ceredigion, Wales..
UCL, Dept Phys & Astron, Gower St, London WC1E 6BT, England..
2019 (English)In: European journal of physics, ISSN 0143-0807, E-ISSN 1361-6404, Vol. 40, no 1, article id 015702Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Encouraging positive inquiry-focused behaviours within the constraints of a physics teaching laboratory environment can be challenging. Here, we report on an implementation, the 'working grade' ( w-grade), designed to directly assess aspects of students' laboratory practice with the aim of encouraging first-year undergraduate students to look beyond the concept of a correct outcome' to a physics experiment. The w-grade is composed of the five aspects of group work, querying, exploration, attitude and progress which are each marked on a 0, 1, 2, 3 scale. The initial implementation is presented in full as well as a second, simpler variant. The w-grade emphasises and directly rewards inquiry behaviours and students were much more willing to explore the experiments than in previous years.

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Institute of Physics (IOP), 2019. Vol. 40, no 1, article id 015702
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education, practical physics, laboratory training, first-year under-graduate, soft skills
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-240704DOI: 10.1088/1361-6404/aaf13bISI: 000452709700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059182022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-240704DiVA, id: diva2:1275013
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