How it is learned
Student learning is the central activity of science education and must be the first concern of those wishing to improve it. If students learn well, other responsibilities such as the good of the nation, the scientific pipeline, the mission of the institution, and the quality of teaching will be faithfully discharged.
Imagine a class where the students come prepared because they don't want to let their group down, where they have the confidence to find answers themselves, and where they question each other as well as other sources. To change student attitudes and approaches to learning, you may need to make drastic changes in your techniques or philosophy. Most of the "new pedagogies" have not been developed for your science class. Therefore you will need to adapt, not simply adopt any of these techniques like, collaborative learning or primary trait analysis. Modifying your teaching pedagogy will take time, effort, and resources but consider the benefits to your students before dismissing some technique because you don't have the time or money.
- William Bromer, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and Chair of the Natural Sciences Department at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL