Workshop Biology: Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Active Learning in an Introductory Biology Course
Daniel Udovic, Deborah Morris, Alan Dickman, John Postlethwait, Peter Wetherwax 2002 BioScience v52 n3 p272–281
This article in BioScience describes the University of Oregon’s Workshop Biology. The program was created to engage students in open-ended, interactive activities and projects designed to develop their understanding of essential biological concepts, the process of scientific discovery, and their critical thinking skills. Workshop students displayed more improvement in conceptual learning and understanding of scientific reasoning, a greater appreciation of science and its role in their lives, and greater motivation and involvement in learning activities than did students in a comparison course taught in a more traditional, passive style.