Judith Scotchmoor

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Museum of Paleontology
University of California Museum of Paleontology

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Activity

Introducing a new representation of the process of science part of Process of Science:Examples
Students begin with a simple "warm up" activity that introduces them to the process of science. The class discusses whether or not they were "doing" science. Students then read a story about the geoscientist, Walter Alvarez, and identify phrases within the story that indicate that Alvarez was doing science. Students are introduced to the Science Flowchart and are asked to plot the scientific journey of Walter Alvarez. Students find that science is seldom a linear story, but instead involves unanswered questions, surprising leaps, reinterpretation of data, and the unexpected.

Course

Understanding Science 101 part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
Understanding Science is a freely accessible web-based resurce that provides a new approach for teaching the nature and process of science.

Other Contribution

Integrating the Process of Science into Our Teaching part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
In large part, the current confusions about evolution, global warming, and other aspects of science are symptomatic of a general misunderstanding of what science is and what it is not. Educational research indicates that even college students fail to understand basic issues regarding the nature and process of science. (Dagher et al, 2004). Understanding Science is a freely accessibly web-based resource that provides a new approach for teaching the nature and process of science.