Presenting laboratory findings through a creative format

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Montana State University - Bozeman, Graduate School


Research has shown traditional lab report formats create an impersonal format for students who use the format for science classes. This study examined alternative approaches to presenting lab findings through a more real world applicable approach. The purpose of this study was to test alternatives and analyze student feedback on the effectiveness of the newly designed lab report format. Forty-four freshman Biology students were divided into two groups: traditional lab reporting and alternative lab reporting. The two groups submitted different lab reports based on their grouping over from the end of January to the beginning of April 2015. Results were analyzed through student interviews, feedback surveys, lab report grades, and lab specific questions on unit exams. Although statistical analysis of the project data showed no significant difference between the traditional and alternative lab report methods, this project suggested value in challenging the way teachers approach formal lab report assignments.




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