Using the Assessment Rubric for Physics Inquiry for open inquiries in a multidisciplinary lab course

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    Many researchers find advantages of assigning and supporting open inquiries in physics lab education. However, objective assessment becomes more difficult as students gain more control over their own experiments because tasks are not described in operational detail. The Assessment Rubric for Physics Inquiry (ARPI) is designed to determine students' attainment level of inquiry knowledge and to simultaneously assess the scientific quality of the inquiry. The ARPI consists of nineteen understandings of evidence divided over six phases of inquiry. It enables the objective assessment of students' work without the need to adapt the rubric to differing research topics. In this presentation we highlight the main features of this validated instrument and demonstrate its applicability in a fully open lab course in which natural science students conceive, design, and carry out two extended experiments using accessible Maker tools.
    Period1 Aug 2021
    Event titlePhysics Education Research Conference 2021: Making Physics More Inclusive and Eliminating Exclusionary Practices in Physics
    Event typeConference


    • ARPI
    • open inquiry