this survey BEFORE the school term starts. Once you have finished the survey, you will receive an email a couple days before your class starts with the pre survey link. It is important that your students complete the pre-survey within a week of the first day. Responses received after the first week of class will be discarded.
1. When doing an experiment, I try to understand how the experimental setup works.
2. I don't need to understand how the measurement tools and sensors work in order to carry out an experiment.
3. When doing a physics experiment, I don't think much about sources of systematic error.
4. It is helpful to understand the assumptions that go into making predictions.
5. Whenever I use a new measurement tool, I try to understand its performance limitations.
6. Calculating uncertainties usually helps me understand my results better.
7. If I don't have clear directions for analyzing data, I am not sure how to choose an appropriate analysis method.
9. I am usually able to complete an experiment without understanding the equations and physics ideas that describe the system I am investigating.
10. When doing an experiment, I try to understand the relevant equations.
11. Computers are helpful for plotting and analyzing data.
12. When I am doing an experiment, I try to make predictions to see if my results are reasonable.
13. When doing an experiment I usually think up my own questions to investigate.
14. When doing an experiment, I just follow the instructions without thinking about their purpose.
15. Designing and building things is an important part of doing physics experiments.
16. When I encounter difficulties in the lab, my first step is to ask an expert, like the instructor.
17. A common approach for fixing a problem with an experiment is to randomly change things until the problem goes away.
18. Communicating scientific results to peers is a valuable part of doing physics experiments.
19. Scientific journal articles are helpful for answering my own questions and designing experiments
20. Working in a group is an important part of doing physics experiments.
21. If I am communicating results from an experiment, my main goal is to make conclusions based on my data using scientific reasoning.
22. If I am communicating results from an experiment, my main goal is to have the correct sections and formatting.
23. I enjoy building things and working with my hands.
24. I don't enjoy doing physics experiments.
25. Nearly all students are capable of doing a physics experiment if they work at it.
26. If I try hard enough I can succeed at doing physics experiments.
27. If I wanted to, I think I could be good at doing research.
28. When I approach a new piece of lab equipment, I feel confident I can learn how to use it well enough for my purposes.
29. I do not expect doing an experiment to help my understanding of physics.
30. The primary purpose of doing a physics experiment is to confirm previously known results.
31. Physics experiments contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge.
After the post survey has been closed, you will receive a report based on student responses in your class. A sample report can be found here. As we are still refining instructor reports, any feedback is greatly appreciated.
"Development and results from a survey on students views of experiments in lab classes and research." Benjamin M. Zwickl, Takako Hirokawa, Noah Finkelstein, and H.J. Lewandowski, (2013)
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