Scientific Communication

The American Association of Physics Teachers identifies "communicating physics" as a key learning outcome of undergraduate physics lab courses. Many lab instructors strive to provide opportunities for their students to communicate results and ideas in written and verbal forms authentic to the discipline (e.g., lab notebooks, oral presentations, written papers/articles, poster presentations). 

Our research in this area focuses on written communication. We investigate the goals for writing in lab classes, possible implementation of writing in project-based labs, students' views about, and experiences with, writing, physics researchers' development of lab notebook documentation skills, and best practices for incorporating authentic documentation practices into lab courses.