Development, evaluation and use of a student experience survey in undergraduate science laboratories

the advancing science by enhancing learning in the laboratory student laboratory learning experience survey

Simon C. Barrie, Robert B. Bucat, Mark A. Buntine, Karen Burke da Silva, Geoffrey T. Crisp, Adrian V. George, Ian M. Jamie, Scott H. Kable*, Kieran F. Lim, Simon M. Pyke, Justin R. Read, Manjula D. Sharma, Alexandra Yeung

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Abstract

Student experience surveys have become increasingly popular to probe various aspects of processes and outcomes in higher education, such as measuring student perceptions of the learning environment and identifying aspects that could be improved. This paper reports on a particular survey for evaluating individual experiments that has been developed over some 15 years as part of a large national Australian study pertaining to the area of undergraduate laboratories—Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory. This paper reports on the development of the survey instrument and the evaluation of the survey using student responses to experiments from different institutions in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. A total of 3153 student responses have been analysed using factor analysis. Three factors, motivation, assessment and resources, have been identified as contributing to improved student attitudes to laboratory activities. A central focus of the survey is to provide feedback to practitioners to iteratively improve experiments. Implications for practitioners and researchers are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1795-1814
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Volume37
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2015

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    Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

    Ian Jamie (Recipient), Mark A. Buntine (Recipient), Scott H. Kable (Recipient), Justin R. Read (Recipient) & Simon C. Barrie (Recipient), 2007

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