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Inquiry: Learning Science by Doing Science

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD

Science the Old-fashioned Way

Traditional methods of teaching science often involve detailed lectures or lengthy readings from textbooks. Assessment often has emphasized the memorization of large numbers of facts. During laboratory exercises, students follow instructions "cookbook" style. Unfortunately, these methods often convince many students of all ages to pursue other areas of study. Furthermore, research is showing that these types of instructional approaches do not meet the needs of large numbers of learners.