Physics Education Seminar Series

Do Students Develop and Transfer Scientific Abilities?

Eugenia Etkina
Graduate School of Education
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

In my presentation I will describe a controlled study "Transfer of scientific abilities". The study was conducted in a 180-student introductory physics course taught via Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE). The goal of the study was to find whether designing their own experiments in labs affects students' approaches to experimental problem solving in the new areas of physics and biology and their learning of physics concepts. We investigated how students develop scientific abilities in a large enrollment course and whether they can apply these abilities to solve an experimental problem from an area of physics that they have not studied and from a biology problem. We also compared the experimental and control group on their abilities to solve traditional physics problems. We found significant differences between the experimental and the control group.

The project was supported by NSF grant DRL 0241078.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
3:30 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P121

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