Physics and Astronomy
physics teachers, laboratories, ability, measurement, experiments
The American Association of Physics Teachers recommends that physics majors have proficiency in the following lab skills: constructing knowledge, modeling, designing experiments, analyzing and visualizing data, and communicating physics. I have developed a brief multiple-choice questionnaire to assess incoming students’ lab skill level in these areas. It was administered as both a pre-test and post-test for the first semester of introductory calculus-based physics. Preliminary results indicate that little improvement on the skills tested occurs without explicit instruction.
Zwart, J. (2020). A Lab Skills Diagnostic Test. Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.dordt.edu/faculty_work/1209