Collaborative Development and Benefits of a Science Inquiry Service-Learning Course

  • Joseph A. Maser Portland State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Service Learning, Science Education


Portland State University is using a collaborative research program developed with the City of Portland to teach science, the scientific method, and the value of citizen participation to non-science majors. Students have been collecting and analyzing bicycle use data for four years. The City gets information regarding the effectiveness of its bicycle program in relieving downtown traffic. The students learn about science by doing science and about citizenship by being active participants in their community.