Calls for reform to instructional labs mean many instructors and departments are facing the daunting task of identifying goals for their introductory lab courses. Fortunately, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) released a set of recommendations for learning goals for the lab to support lab redevelopment. Here we outline the process we have undergone to identify a set of learning goals for the labs that operationalize those provided by the AAPT. We also provide two examples of newly developed lab activities that aim to meet those goals to demonstrate this operationalization. We aim to provide departments and instructors with a few ideas of a procedure that they can follow or a set of goals that they can use to align lab instruction with the AAPT learning goals.
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PAPERS| May 01 2019
Operationalizing the AAPT Learning Goals for the Lab
N. G. Holmes;
Phys. Teach. 57, 296–299 (2019)
N. G. Holmes, Emily M. Smith; Operationalizing the AAPT Learning Goals for the Lab. Phys. Teach. 1 May 2019; 57 (5): 296–299. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5098916
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