Laboratory Based Teaching in Physics

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(Group Leader: Ian Bearden Niels Bohr Institute University of Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark)

Physics is an experimental discipline. As such, laboratory instruction is and should be an integral part of any reasonable education in physics. However, the experimental component of many physics programs is under increasing pressure due to growing constraints on resources.

As physicists, we should be making the case for the value of laboratory instruction. As physicists interested in education, we should be investigating how to to best use laboratory time and resources to best educate our students. We need to be much better at explaining to all the purposes of experimental activity in educational programs. Finally, we need should be better at sharing best practices within our community of scholars.