The first year Physics online diary project

Kate Wilson, Maria Cunningham, Carol Russell, Iain McAlpine


This article considers the laboratory learning experiences of first-year physics students at The University of New South Wales (UNSW). The data was gathered by online student diaries, with a range of questions completed at weekly intervals over three semesters, plus focus groups. Data from large scale surveys of students was used to supplement and provide context for the data provided by the group of diary keepers. The textual data from the diaries was analysed using NVIVO. Based on the data collected the existing laboratory courses were modified using an action research approach over three semesters.

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