Impact of isle-based labs in courses with traditional lecture

Joshua Rutberg, Marina Malysheva, Eugenia Etkina

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ISLE-based labs have been demonstrated to be an effective alternative to traditional lab activities, helping students develop scientific abilities when used in an ideal environment where lectures and recitations also reflect ISLE philosophy. In this study we used ISLE-based labs in a second-year physics course for engineering students in which the lectures and recitations remained traditional. We investigated the effect that ISLE-based labs had on student development under these conditions. We found that while students did not show as much growth as they had in previous studies under more ideal conditions, the students did show improvements in their scientific abilities over the course of one semester of instruction. We also investigated how the accuracy of feedback given to the students by the TAs related to student learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2019
EditorsYing Cao, Steven Wolf, Michael Bennett
PublisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781931024365
StatePublished - 2019
EventPhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2019 - Provo, United States
Duration: Jul 24 2019Jul 25 2019

Publication series

NamePhysics Education Research Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1539-9028
ISSN (Electronic)2377-2379


ConferencePhysics Education Research Conference, PERC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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