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Organizing Scientific Writing
I give writing assignments along with some explicit instructions about how to organize their writing. Drafts are reviewed by peers and the instructor.

Observations vs. Explanations
In small-group and class discussions, students learn to separate scientific observations from explanations.

6 classroom discussion starters to teach the process and nature of science
I have included slides here that were used to initiate a half dozen class discussions of about 10 students each. The topics were: Ownership and Sharing, Scientists as public figures, Intuition and pattern recognition vs. controlled experiments, Public engagement with vs. as scientists, Democratization of scientific information, and Data deluge (includes Understanding Sci flowcht).

Design a Paper Car: Exploring the Scientific Method
An engineering design project modified to teach the scientific methos, promote team-builing, and engage students at the beginning of a physics course.

Introductory Astronomy: Syllabus and Study Guides
An integrated lecture-lab introductory astronomy course with topics limited primarily to the nature and evolution of stars. Also included is the changing appearance of the night sky with time and place, the nature ...

The Activity Model for Inquiry: Reflective Writing Prompts
Reflective writing is be a valuable communication tool between instructor and student that fosters critical thinking. When combined with a better model of the scientific method (the AMI) than the "standard" linear model, learners gain a better understanding of the process of science.

Natural Science for Non-Science Majors
Natural Science is an interdisciplinary course targeted for non-science majors. Science content includes The Nature of Science, The Physical World, Chemistry, Biology, and Geology. There will be an emphasis on ...

Ways of Knowing in the Sciences (Integrated Liberal Studies 153)
Ways of Knowing in the Sciences is a course that focuses more on how scientists figure things out than what that knowledge is. The course emphasizes a deeper understanding of the contexts within which scientific ...

What's Inside? An activity on experiment, hypotheses, and inference
Students learn about the nature of science by experimenting with little black boxes containing a steel ball as a probe of the interior structure of the box. Students make testable hypotheses, text them and modify them, and compare with results found by other students. Further descriptions and activity sheets are attached.

Conservation of angular momentum...see it, feel it, a simple, seat of the pants demonstration
Students explore angular momentum using a rotating chair and their own bodies.




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