By on Oct 12, 2015 | In physics education
There are a lot of textbooks and manuals. Some of them are thick and dense with good quality. Some others are easy to understand the related topic.
However, the textbook itself doesn't necessarily teach students what to understand well especially when learning physics. The teachers often divide the hard concept into small pieces for students' understanding, but the ability depends on each teacher.
On the other hand, physics laboratory textbooks are likely standardized (similar contents) at any university. If the equipment for the labs is updated, the manual tends to become useless immediately. Students are often confused with the procedure of the lab because the instruction is not elaborated so they can understand physics behind the setup. As a result, students get frustrated and have a hard time in writing up the report. These are common problems in most of introductory physics courses.
We decided to innovate in the curriculum of physics labs. In order to do this, we started observing students reactions as for each lab instruction in the manual. From the feedback, the lab manuals were modified to more effective way so students can perform and understand it by themselves.
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