Integrating the Process of Science into Our Teaching
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This page first made public: Jun 4, 2009
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
- Make it explicit: Key concepts regarding the nature and process of science should be explicitly and independently emphasized. Engaging in inquiry and studying the history of science are most helpful when the nature-of-science concepts they exemplify are explicitly drawn out in discussion and interactions.
- Help them reflect: Throughout instruction, students should be encouraged to examine, test, and revise their ideas about what science is and how it works.
- Give it context, again and again: Key concepts about the nature and process of science should be revisited in multiple contexts throughout the school year, allowing students to see how they apply to real-world situations.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Scientific ideas are tested with multiple lines of evidence.
Science relies on communication within a diverse scientific community.
The process of science is non-linear, unpredictable, and ongoing.
Science often investigates problems that require collaboration from those in many different disciplines.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment:Introducing the Understanding Science Flowchart ( 17kB Jun4 09)
- Instructors Notes:
- Solution Set:
- The Science Flowchart (Acrobat (PDF) 269kB Jun4 09)