Friday, February 7, 2014

The Importance of Hands-On Lab Courses

This study argues that including a hands-on laboratory experience in an undergraduate curriculum produces gains in both student grades and retention.

A recent study in mBio argues that including a hands-on laboratory experience in an undergraduate curriculum produces gains in both student grades and retention. At the center of this study is a lab program known as Sea-Phages which began in 2008 and now includes 73 institutions. The program is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While the researchers found that the cost of such lab experiences can be higher than more traditional lab courses, the benefits of these ʺmore authenticʺ experiences can outweigh those costs.

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