The current Harvard Magazine has an article about physics professor, Eric Mazur, and his move from lecture-based college instruction to more student-centered, active student learning. Click HERE to read the article.
If you are not familiar with Dr. Mazur’s story, this is a good entry point that contains some useful links to video and other resources. I think that the idea that college science instructors are looking to improve their instructional methods is important for middle school and high school science teachers to consider. In secondary science instruction, we may hold the science lecture hall as the “ultimate” standard in science teaching and learning.. when there may not be much evidence that this traditional model yields lasting conceptual student understanding of science ideas. We may find some strategies from Dr. Mazur’s work that we could try with our own students.