Panel: What is the point of instructional lab?
American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting 2012
Instructional labs have been an integral part of physics education
for a very long time; arguably since the creation of the discipline.
However, to this date there is no clear concise agreement on what
the real point is of a lab. That is, what do we want the students to
take away from the experience? What specifically is the pedagogical
advantage of a lab? Why not just teach theory in a classroom,
it is much cheaper and less time consuming? If we don’t know the
answers to these questions it is very difficult to maximize the effectiveness
of our labs and to successfully compete for appropriate
funding. In this session, five panel members will have 10 minutes
to express their views with the remaining half hour for questions
and open discussion.
– Priscilla W. Laws, Dickinson College
– Linda Barton, Rochester Institute of Technology
– Mark F. Masters, IPFW
– Randy Tagg, University of Colorado Denver
– Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado Boulder
Mark Masters (2012).
Panel: What is the point of instructional lab?. Presented at American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting 2012, Ontario CA.
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