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Title: Consequential Agency in Chemical Engineering Laboratory Experiments
Authors: Wilson-Fetrow, Madalyn
Svihla, Vanessa
Hubka, Catherine
Chi, Eva
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Wilson-Fetrow, M., Svihla, V., Hubka, C., & Chi, E. (2022). Consequential agency in chemical engineering laboratory experiments. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 623-630). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Despite being at the center of undergraduate engineering education, laboratory experiments have remained unchanged for decades, resulting in assignments lacking in opportunities for students to learn and grow. We used a survey to measure students’ sense of agency in prototypical design and laboratory courses at research universities. We found students in laboratory courses at both levels experienced significantly lower framing agency than their peers in senior design, and that even those engaged in authentic course-based research did not perceive the experiments as more agentive or authentic. We infer students drew upon abundant low-agency experiences in laboratory experiments; maximizing learning in laboratory courses may hinge on clearer communication about authentic experiments or systematic redesign of earlier courses.
Description: Long Paper
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