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The Discovery  Project

The Discovery Project is a current application of the discovering learning method, its goal is to promote the development of discovery or inquiry based methods of teaching and learning.  There are numerous discovery projects that are currently being conducted.   This specific project is being conducted at the University of Texas and is predicated upon the belief that all students have a creative ability which can be enhanced through discover and inquiry based learning.  This is a prime example of how an educational theories are evaluated and passed on to younger generations and newer educational systems.  This project emphasizes what is good about discovery learning and it seeks to demonstrate first hand the benefits of the educational method.

Attached below is the Mission Statement  and the Goals of The Discovery Learning Project.  For more detailed information on this specific project visit their web site by clicking on the attached link       http://www.discovery.utexas.edu/index.html

The Discovery Learning Project

Mission Statement

The Discovery Learning Project promotes the development and use of discovery or inquiry-based methods of teaching and learning. This project is predicated on the belief that all students have creative ability which can be further developed utilizing the many techniques of inquiry-based learning. The University of Texas at Austin has an illustrious history of innovation in this style of teaching and learning. UT professors R. L. Moore in mathematics and R. N. Little in physics each developed inquiry-based approaches to teaching that transformed their students from knowledge consumers to knowledge creators and interpreters. The Discovery Learning Project is building on that legacy of innovation and developing inquiry-based learning opportunities in line with recommendations of the National Science Foundation report, "Shaping the Future Report: New Expectations for Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology" and of the National Research Council report, "From Analysis to Action: Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology." Our goal is to improve students' abilities as independent thinkers and to encourage them to become life-long learners. The Project is supported by The Educational Advancement Foundation, a private foundation, and the College of Natural Sciences.


The Discovery Learning Project

Goals

   To develop systems of instruction that cause all students to think and work more creatively and to accept responsibility for their own learning.
   To encourage students to develop problem-solving strategies for confronting the unknown or unfamiliar.
   To increase the use and effectiveness of discovery learning in undergraduate education by promoting the development of discovery learning courses, modules, laboratories and technology.
   To collect evidence on the efficacy of discovery learning in improving students’ abilities to solve problems in and out of the classroom.
   To instruct future university professors on the development and implementation of discovery learning techniques.
   To instruct present and future teachers of K – 12 on the development and implementation of discovery learning techniques.
   To disseminate discovery learning techniques to other research universities.

The Mission Statement and Goals of this specific project have been provided by:  The Discovery Learning Project at The College of Natural Sciences
     The University of Texas at Austin