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Implementing an inquiry based approach in first year undergraduate physics laboratories with emphasis on improving graphing literacy

Wemyss, Thomas (2010) Implementing an inquiry based approach in first year undergraduate physics laboratories with emphasis on improving graphing literacy. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

We have developed the first year undergraduate physics labs to incorporate both open and guided inquiry in a flexible approach. By doing this we have shown that there have been benefits in both the affective and the cognitive domain for our students. One of the main aims for the labs was to develop necessary transferable scientific skills. Developing graphing skills was an important part of the work that we did in the labs. Through our work we have developed assessments to test students’ general graphing literacy and developed curriculum to tackle their difficulties. The difficulties addressed are with both qualitative and quantitative graphs.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:March 2010
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):van Kampen, Paul
Uncontrolled Keywords:kinematics; graphing literacy; undergraduate laboratories; guided inquiry;
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Physics education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Physical Sciences
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology
ID Code:15130
Deposited On:31 Mar 2010 13:19 by Paul van Kampen. Last Modified 26 Apr 2010 11:30

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