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This resource is a formal study assessing student understanding of measurement and uncertainty.  It was administered to more than 500 students at two large research universities to address these questions:  1)  How does student understanding change over one semester from participating in an introductory physics course with a lab, and 2) What patterns exist in student reasoning pertaining to measurement and uncertainty prior to instruction?  The test was administered to students in three groups:  traditional laboratory lab sections of first semester physics, an experimental (SCALE-UP) section of first semester physics, and students in first semester physics. The results were analyzed using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods.  The study shows that current instructional techniques improve student understanding, but that many students exit the introductory physics lab course without coherent understanding for the concept of measurement and uncertainty, regardless of the instructional model used.
University: North Carolina State University
Academic Department:  Physics
Pages 190
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© 2003 David Scot Abbott
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measurement, student cognition, student reasoning, uncertainty
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This resource is part of 4 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Units of Measure

This resource is a formal study addressing two research questions:  1)  Does student understanding of measurement processes change through active lab participation, and 2) What patterns exist in how students understand this topic  prior to intensive lab participation.  This resource links to the full article at no cost to the user.

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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Applying Measurement in Physics

This resource is a formal study addressing two research questions:  1)  Does student understanding of measurement processes change through active lab participation, and 2) What patterns exist in how students understand this topic  prior to intensive lab participation.  This resource links to the full article at no cost to the user.

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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Teaching Tools

A good resource that gives the teacher tools to get at students' prior knowledge about measurement and uncertainty.

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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Dimensional Analysis

This resource is a formal study assessing student understanding of measurement and uncertainty.  It was administered to more than 500 students at two large research universities to address these questions:  1)  How does student understanding change over one semester from participating in an introductory physics course with a lab, and 2) What patterns exist in student reasoning pertaining to measurement and uncertainty prior to instruction?

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D. Abbott, Dissertation, North Carolina State University , 2003, WWW Document, (http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?FMT=7&DID=764747881&RQT=309).
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D. Abbott, Assessing student understanding of measurement and uncertainty, Dissertation, North Carolina State University , 2003, <http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?FMT=7&DID=764747881&RQT=309>.
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Abbott, D. (2003, January 1). Assessing student understanding of measurement and uncertainty (Dissertation, North Carolina State University , 2003). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?FMT=7&DID=764747881&RQT=309
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Abbott, David. "Assessing student understanding of measurement and uncertainty." Dissertation, North Carolina State University , 2003. http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?FMT=7&DID=764747881&RQT=309 (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Abbott, David. "Assessing student understanding of measurement and uncertainty." Dissertation. 1 Jan. 2003. North Carolina State University , 2003. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?FMT=7&DID=764747881&RQT=309>.
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