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Hands-On Science Education Works Best in College, Too

Learning science by doing it has long been practiced by teachers in K-12 schools. Science educators think it should be more common in college classrooms, too.

A story in the academic journal Science Careers describes how “active learning,” as it’s called, is used in some Seattle University classes. The story highlights Vicky Minderhout Thorsell, a Seattle University professor who won a national teaching award in 2011 for the innovative way she teaches biochemistry.

Minderhout Thorsell uses little, if any, time for class lectures, instead plunging her students right into a guided inquiry form of learning about science at the start of class.