Perspectives of Hands-On
Science Teaching

David L. Haury and Peter Rillero, 1994
Questions and Answers

1. What is hands-on learning, and is it just a fad?

Hands-on learning has become a common phrase in science education. Like many other highly used terms and phrases, there are various interpretations of what is meant by "hands-on learning." Rather than attempt to offer a definitive operational definition, we present in this section a variety of viewpoints on what is meant by hands-on learning in science. Then we address the issues of whether hands-on learning is a new phenomenon and whether hands-on approaches will continue to have a continual impact on science teaching and learning in schools.

Teacher Responses

Developer Thoughts

Notes from the literature

The historical roots of hands-on science teaching


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