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What Is the Relevance of Physics Education Research to the Advanced Lab?
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 9:20 AM -9:30 AM
  Author: Benjamin Zwickl, University of Colorado at Boulder
3034921446 , benjamin.zwickl@colorado.edu
  Co-Author(s): Noah D. Finkelstein , Heather J Lewandowski
  Abstract: The University of Colorado Boulder is in the early stages of a 2.5-year research-based redesign of our upper-division physics lab courses. There has been a nationwide resurgence of interest in advanced physics labs among instructors and faculty, but the PER community to date has focused on introductory and lecture-format classes. Little research has been conducted on these uniquely sophisticated and resource-rich learning environments in terms of goals, measurements of learning, and outcomes of modification. We are applying the existing research-base and methods of PER as a tool to make our labs better with the dual purpose of finding generalizable lessons about effective instruction in advanced lab courses. We will report preliminary outcomes that include our process of modification, learning goals, assessment frameworks, and a revised lab example.
  Footnotes: None
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