The advancing science by enhancing learning in the laboratory (ASELL) project : the first Australian multidisciplinary workshop

Yeung, Alexandra, Pyke, Simon M., Sharma, Manjula D., Barrie, Simon C., Buntine, Mark A., Burke Da Silva, Karen, Kable, Scott H. and Lim, Kieran F. 2011, The advancing science by enhancing learning in the laboratory (ASELL) project : the first Australian multidisciplinary workshop, International journal of innovation in science and mathematics education, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 51-72.

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Title The advancing science by enhancing learning in the laboratory (ASELL) project : the first Australian multidisciplinary workshop
Author(s) Yeung, Alexandra
Pyke, Simon M.
Sharma, Manjula D.
Barrie, Simon C.
Buntine, Mark A.
Burke Da Silva, Karen
Kable, Scott H.
Lim, Kieran F.
Journal name International journal of innovation in science and mathematics education
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 51
End page 72
Total pages 22
Publisher University of Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 2200-4270
Keyword(s) students' experience
laboratory learning
science education
science experimental workshop
communities of practice
professional development
Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ASELL)
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)
Summary Most science educators and researchers will agree that the laboratory experience ranks as a major factor that influences students’ attitudes to their science courses. Consequently, good laboratory programs should play a major role in influencing student learning and performance. The laboratory program can be pivotal in defining a student's experience in the sciences, and if done poorly, can be a major contributing factor in causing disengagement from the subject area. The challenge remains to provide students with laboratory activities that are relevant, engaging and offer effective learning opportunities.

The Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ASELL) project has developed over the last 10 years with the aim of improving the quality of learning in undergraduate laboratories, providing a validated means of evaluating the laboratory experience of students and effective professional development for academic staff. After successful development in chemistry and trials using the developed principles in physics and biology, the project has now expanded to include those disciplines. This paper will discuss the activities of ASELL and provide a report about the first ASELL science workshop held at the University of Adelaide in April 2010, present some views of academic and student delegates, and make comparisons with other workshops.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130309 Learning Sciences
130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040763

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