Reintroducing the Intro Course

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Science  31 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5535, pp. 1608-1610
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1608

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Physicists are out in front in measuring how well students learn the basics, as science educators incorporate hands-on activities in hopes of making the introductory course a beginning rather than a finale. Figuring out what works is vitally important to the country, say U.S. educators. Each year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. students get their only exposure to science in an intro class--and most leave without understanding how science works or with any desire to take further courses.