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Leveraging the specific affordances of lab instruction: prehension, evaluation, and documentation
Speaker: Laura Rios, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Abstract: Laboratory instruction is critical for instruction in physics, a highly and inherently empirical science. Despite reported community standards for lab instruction, how to leverage the specific affordance of laboratory courses (distinct from other educational milieus) is less clear. In this talk, I will discuss my efforts to reform an upper-division quantum physics laboratory for majors. I will start by discussing Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, and how, combined with salient aspects from various successful laboratory reform projects, I have started creating activities and evaluative materials to bolster student’s prehension for laboratory instruction. I’ll end with some comments about what learning outcomes we may expect from lab instruction when we reform our courses their specific affordances in mind.
Host: Geraldine Cochran