Writing to Learn Physics in the Laboratory

Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date

Winter 2-6-2012

Conference Name

Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers


We describe our project in which students write to learn about their investigation. One critical aspect of this is to force attention to an audience —other students—so that the author actually learns through the process of writing. We present our results of using writing and reviewing of papers in two distinct situations. The first is in the introductory laboratory, in which students reviewed their classmates’ brief articles. The second situation is in the advanced laboratory, where students submit papers to an online journal and review papers submitted by students at another institution.



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