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GC02:

Results from a Study of Inquiry in Undergraduate Astronomy Laboratories
  Location: HC 3029
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 1:30 PM -2:00 PM
  Author: Kendra Sibbernsen, Metropolitan Community College
402-738-4752, kjsibbernsen@mccneb.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: This talk will focus on the results from a mixed-method quasi-experimental study that was designed to determine if students in an undergraduate astronomy laboratory increase their understanding of inquiry. A backward-faded scaffold (BFS) format was used for the laboratory exercises. The measure of increase in inquiry was determined by the examining pre-tests and post-tests of the Views of Scientific Inquiry (VOSI) survey, scores on laboratory exercises at the beginning and end of the course, and observations from the instructor. Information will be given outlining how these results are being used to guide recommendations for practice and for further research, including online implementation of the astronomy laboratory exercises and development of a physical science survey laboratory class using the BFS format.
  Footnotes: None
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