The Effects of a DLSCL Approach on Students Conceptual Understanding in an Undergraduate Introductory Physics Lab
Muhammad Riaz 1 2 * , Thomas J. Marcinkowski 3, Ali Faisal 4
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1 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Karakorum International University Gilgit. PAKISTAN
2 Department of Mathematics Education, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA
3 Professor and Program Chair, Department of Mathematics Education, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA
4 Office of Development, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, USA
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This study investigated the effects of Discovery Learning Scientific Community Laboratories (DL-SCL) and traditional non-DLSCL laboratories on students’ conceptual understanding in a Physics-1 lab. At many universities, physics programs use a traditional lab style, despite research on the benefits for reform-oriented physics labs. This DL-SCL approach included features of inquiry-based learning (e.g., students generated hypotheses and designed experiments) and scientific community labs (e.g., students discussed designs and findings). This study used a quasi-experimental design with quantitative-method data collection and analysis procedures. Twelve sections of a Physics I lab were assigned to two groups: Treatment (DL-SCL) and Control (non-DL-SCL). In Treatment and Control sections, conceptual understanding was measured pre/post using the Mechanics Baseline Test (MBT) and the Force Concept Inventory (FCI). Study findings indicated that DL-SCL approach in teaching Physics Lab-1 significantly improved students’ conceptual understanding.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2020 - Volume 16 Issue 2, Article No: em1813

Publication date: 21 Oct 2019

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