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Case Study of Student Pairs Working on Electronics Capstone Projects
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Nasser Juma, Kansas State University
785-532-1612, mhuninas@phys.ksu.edu
  Co-Author(s): N. Sanjay Rebello , Kristan L. Corwin , Brian R. Washburn
  Abstract: We observed three pairs of students, each considered to be a different case, as they worked on lab experiments in an upper-division electronics and instrumentation laboratory course. In the first half of the course, the students learned about various analog and digital electronic components through mini-lectures and lab activities building electronic circuits. In the second half of the course each pair worked on a different open-ended capstone project that required them to use their knowledge of electronics to improve the measurements done on a physics experiment they have worked on in a previous semester. The student pairs brainstormed ideas to improve the measurement design and built circuitry to implement their design. Our data sources included observations of groups work, interviews with instructors and students, as well as artifacts produced by the students. We present the results of our case study focusing on comparisons between the student pairs.
  Footnotes: This work is supported in part by NSF grant DUE-0736897.
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