Do we need to “cover every fact” in science learning?  This article supports the use of TBL to help students with higher order thinking

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/course-content-can-fulfill-multiple-roles/

The answer?  An excerpt from the article sums it up nicely:

…nobody is teaching a course on the telephone book. His point: “we should not teach science (or other subjects) as though every fact is worth knowing, any more than we would use a telephone book to help us memorize numbers… Memorizing facts is not as important as knowing how to ask questions and how to synthesize information to formulate an answer.” –