Amin Bayat Barooni · PERC Summer Meeting 2020
Investigating student design engagement in research-based activities
Designing experiments by students is an important scientific skill and increasingly an explicit goal in the creation of new research-based activities. In this work, we studied the use of student design actions in research-based activities. Our definitions of student design tasks are: 1) Describing an experimental procedure invented by the student, 2) Improving a previous experiment, 3) Making hypothesis by students, 4) Choosing questions by students for investigation, and 5) Asking students to design, state, invent, or improve a mathematical or quantitative procedure. We analyzed 66 research-based activities from 11 different design groups to categorize them according to the frequency with which students are asked to complete design tasks
Amin Bayat Barooni · SM 20
Examining student design tasks in research-based activities
One goal of physics activities may be to develop student skills in designing experiments. Understanding the use of student design tasks can help instructors who want to use research-based approaches to create new activities. In this research, we analyzed student design actions in 66 research-based activities from 11 different curricula to determine the frequency of various design tasks that students were asked to perform. Our definitions of student design tasks were: 1) describing an experimental procedure invented by the student, 2) improving a previous experiment, 3) making a hypothesis, 4) choosing questions to investigate, and 5) designing, stating, inventing, or improving a mathematical or quantitative procedure.