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Destiny Karash-Givens ’16 recently completed her research on how students responded to active learning rather than lecture

The purpose of this research was to learn how students in an introductory high school biology class responded to active learning rather than lecture. Active learning is a form of instruction that emphasizes interactions with peers and instructors and involves a cycle of activity and feedback where students are given consistent opportunities to apply their learning in the classroom. By doing this it allows the students to engage in real world experiences, gain constructive knowledge, and use the world around them as a learning environment. Through my classes in the Environment Program with an emphasis in Teaching, I learned that active thinkers in the classroom tend to learn more science, therefore I chose this as my capstone research project.  This fall I will begin my teaching profession as a 9th grade Physical Science teacher at Warren Easton High School.