In science and engineering classes involving a "practical" lab, students are often required to write some kind of "lab report," typically describing the procedure and results of the lab experiment.
Is there any research on the pedagogical benefit of having students at the graduate level write lab reports?
(I've seen some on K-12 education and a little bit about undergraduate education, but couldn't find anything relevant to graduate students.)
I am especially interested in research that describes how students learn by writing lab reports, and what parts of this exercise benefit them most. For example, what is the benefit of having students write a full lab report vs. just reporting their results? I read this paper which asserts (tangentially) that "very little is learned by rephrasing the written procedure," and I am wondering if anybody has formally studied this.
This is a reference-request question: I am looking for a citation+brief summary of a research study, not personal opinions.