n South African Journal of Higher Education - Current views of the purpose of the introductory physics laboratory in South Africa : Part II : Specific objectives




A survey about six general objectives for introductory practical work revealed a remarkable change in the opinion of staff members of the department of Physics at the University of South Africa (Unisa) over the past ten years. This was followed by a second survey on 46 specific objectives. The questionnaire was a condensed version of a 102-item inventory compiled by Kirschner (1991). It was conducted amongst Unisa staff, staff from a large number of residential universities and a group of Unisa students. The ranking of the specific objectives by the three groups is compared and discussed in this article.


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