Faculty Advisor

Hutson, Frederick L.

Faculty Advisor

Iannacchione, Germano S.

Abstract

This project addresses the issue of motivating students to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The methods developed for doing so are demonstrated as being grounded in educational literature. The materials created during the project are presented and explained. These materials have been created for an inquiry-based physics lab which involves students in the scientific method and reasoning for their activities in the lab. Important aspects of grading and administering inquiry-based assignments are discussed. The lab procedure has been tested on a limited scale and the results of initial testing are discussed. Suggestions are made for further testing and refinement of the materials.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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