An Inquiry-Based Curriculum for Nonmajors
Only 28% of the U.S. adult population is considered scientifically literate. Although this is the second highest among 35 developed countries, a fact attributed to postsecondary science requirements, it should not be considered satisfactory, and improvement is critical to our future. A trend of many U.S. colleges and universities is to offer courses for nonmajors that cover a wide range of material via lectures, with few opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning. This is particularly disturbing given that “a growing body of science educators has found that students' attitudes toward science, their motivation for learning, and their conceptual development … can all be enhanced by engagement in real scientific investigations”.
Jackson, David P., Priscilla W. Laws, and Scott V. Franklin. “An Inquiry-Based Curriculum for Nonmajors.” Science 355, no. 6067 (2012): 418-419. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/335/6067/418