|Teaching and Learning Forum 2003 [ Proceedings Contents ] |
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.
- How can teachers determine if the learning objectives they have set for a laboratory experiment are actually achieved by the students?
- As teachers, what evidence do we have that the students have learnt what we wanted them to learn?
- If the student does achieve all the outcomes, is this only dependent on good design of the laboratory experiment and student aptitude?
|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|