The Impact of Laboratory Report Format on Student Learning

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2007-01-01
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Hoffa, David
Freeman, Steven
Freeman, Steven
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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This study sought to identify the effects on student learning of a brief `synopsis format' laboratory report versus the lengthier `traditional format' laboratory report. Fifty-six Iowa State University industrial technology students were randomized into one of two groups that were required to write five synopses followed by four traditional reports or vice versa. Latin Square Design analysis revealed no difference in exam scores between students who wrote synopsis reports versus those who wrote traditional reports. Exit survey results revealed that students preferred the synopsis format and perceived that the synopsis format required them to think more deeply about the content.

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This article is from International Journal of Engineering Education, 23, no. 1 (2007): 105–113.

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