Learning in laboratories for students is not only crucial for conceptual understanding, but also contributes to gaining scientific
reasoning skills. Following fast developments in technology, online laboratory environments have been improved
considerably and nowadays form an attractive alternative for hands-on laboratories. The study was done in order to reveal
pre-service science teachers’ preferences for hands-on or online laboratory environments. Participants of the study were 41
pre-service science teachers who were enrolled in a 13-week course on laboratory applications in science education. Findings
showed that more than half of the pre-service science teachers would prefer to use hands-on laboratory environments for
both conceptual teaching in their classrooms and to develop their students’ science process skills. The reasons behind their
choices are discussed.