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

Barrie, Simon C., Bucat, Robert B., Buntine, Mark A., Burke da Silva, Karen, Crisp, Geoffrey T., George, Adrian V., Jamie, Ian M., Kable, Scott H., Lim, Kieran F., Pyke, Simon M., Read, Justin R., Sharma, Manjula D. and Yeung, Alexandra 2015, 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, International journal of science education, vol. 37, no. 11, pp. 1795-1814, doi: 10.1080/09500693.2015.1052585.

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Title 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
Author(s) Barrie, Simon C.
Bucat, Robert B.
Buntine, Mark A.
Burke da Silva, Karen
Crisp, Geoffrey T.
George, Adrian V.
Jamie, Ian M.
Kable, Scott H.
Lim, Kieran F.ORCID iD for Lim, Kieran F. orcid.org/0000-0001-5355-8030
Pyke, Simon M.
Read, Justin R.
Sharma, Manjula D.
Yeung, Alexandra
Journal name International journal of science education
Volume number 37
Issue number 11
Start page 1795
End page 1814
Total pages 20
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0950-0693
1464-5289
Keyword(s) Laboratory learning
Student engagement
Student experience surveys
Student practicals
Undergraduate education
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09500693.2015.1052585
Field of Research 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor and Francis
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