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Completion of an undergraduate science laboratory experiment: Do the final learning outcomes for the student match those anticipated by the teacher?

Michelle Grassi
Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, The University of Western Australia
For the student the process of completing an undergraduate science laboratory experiment allows development and enhancement of diverse practical, planning and communication skills and support of lecture material. Because of the large amount of learning opportunities available in a laboratory environment, it is appropriate to discuss whether the students are actually achieving the learning objectives set by the teacher and in the process fully utilising the time spent in the laboratory. Simply completing the lab and writing the lab report may not be the best indicator of a student achieving the learning outcomes for the experiment.

In this session, I pose the following questions for discussion:

A brief overview will be provided of what I have done to answer these questions for my own laboratory teaching.
Please cite as: Grassi, M. (2003). Completion of an undergraduate science laboratory experiment: Do the final learning outcomes for the student match those anticipated by the teacher? In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/grassi-abs.html


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