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Understanding Science

University of California Museum of Paleontology
This page, from University of California Museum of Paleontology, features free, image-rich teaching resources that communicate what science is and how it works, with a focus on the process of science ...

Visionlearning Library

Visionlearning
At Visionlearning, we've developed a set of peer-reviewed materials for learning science including modular readings, interactive multimedia, and a glossary - all available for free on the web in both ...

NSTA Position Statement: The Nature of Science

NSTA
The NSTA Nature of Science position statement aims to create a common, accurate view of the nature and process of science.

The method of multiple working hypotheses
Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin
Chamberlin, writing near the turn of the nineteenth century, advises naturalists to invent and/or test several testable hypotheses for each question that they investigate. This method helps avoid the ...

Geo-Logic: Breaking Ground Between Philosophy and the Earth Sciences
R. Frodeman
This book examines the boundaries between philosophy and earth science. The author challenges each field, proposing that only by engaging other fields will earth science and philosophy reach their ...

Earth and Mind: How Geologists Think and Learn about the Earth
C.A. Manduca, D.W. Mogk
What does it mean to be a geoscientist? What characterizes the expertise that geoscientists bring to understanding the Earth? How do students develop this expertise? This volume brings together ...

Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values
Jay Lemke
(from the publisher) Talking Science discusses the role of language in teaching and in communication of scientific and technical subjects. It identifies and analyzes the many strategies teachers and ...

Assessment of learning in entry-level geoscience courses: Results from the Geoscience Concept Inventory
Julie C. Libarkin, Steven W. Anderson
In this research article, the authors describe the development of the Geoscience Concept Inventory and its application in 43 courses with a total of 2500 students. The authors used the GCI as a pre- ...

Methodological and Epistemic Differences between Historical Science and Experimental Science
Carol E. Cleland
This paper rejects the claim that historical research is epistemically inferior. It argues that scientists engage in two very different patterns of evidential reasoning and, although there is ...

Historical science, experimental science, and the scientific method
Carol E. Cleland
This article argues that the claim that historical science is methodologically inferior to experimental science cannot be sustained. The implication for learning and education is that instruction in ...

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