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Nature of Science. Based on a Presentation by Randy L. Bell University of Virginia [email protected] What is Science?. Science Processes. Nature of Science. 3-Aspects of Science. Facts Concepts Models Laws Theories. Scientific Knowledge. Scientific Knowledge.

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nature of science

Nature of Science

Based on a Presentation by

Randy L. Bell

University of Virginia

[email protected]

3 aspects of science

Science

Processes

Nature of

Science

3-Aspects of Science

Facts

Concepts

Models

Laws

Theories

Scientific

Knowledge

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Scientific

Knowledge

Nature of

Science

3-Aspects of Science

Process Skills:

Questioning

Observing

Measuring

Inferring

Predicting

Classifying

Science

Processes

3 aspects of science2
3-Aspects of Science

Science as a way of knowing

“The Practice of Science”

Science

Processes

Scientific

Knowledge

Nature of

Science

3 aspects of science3

Science

Processes

Scientific

Knowledge

Nature of

Science

3-Aspects of Science
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The Nature of Science in Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

Big Idea 1: The Practice of Science

A: Scientific inquiry is a multifaceted activity that includes:

  • Scientific questions
  • Diverse investigations
  • Collection of data
  • Analysis of data
  • Communication of results

B: The processes of science frequently do not correspond to "the scientific method."

C: Scientific argumentation is a necessary part of scientific inquiry

D: Scientific knowledge is based on observation and inference; it is important to recognize that these are very different things.

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Process & Nature of Science

Observation-

  • Using your 5 senses to gather information about your surroundings

Inference-

  • A conclusion based on evidence
  • An “educated guess”
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Effective Science Instruction
  • Includes all 3 aspects of science:
    • Knowledge of Science
    • Processes of Science
    • Nature of Science
  • Don’t Confuse Science Processes w/Nature of Science!
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Observations

Inferences

data.

data.

“Notice all the computations, theoretical scribblings, and lab equipment, Norm….Yes, curiosity killed these cats.”

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What’s the Point?
  • Good way to practice making observations and inferences (process skills)
  • Reinforces concept that scientific knowledge is based on observations and inferences (nature of science)
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The “Proof” is in the Cookie
  • Make observations of cookie
the proof is in the cookie2
The “Proof” is in the Cookie
  • Make observations of cookie
  • Make inferences about what’s inside
the proof is in the cookie3
The “Proof” is in the Cookie
  • Make observations of cookie
  • Make inferences about what’s inside
  • Eat the cookie; then revise inferences
the proof is in the cookie4
The “Proof” is in the Cookie
  • Make observations of cookie
  • Make inferences about what’s inside
  • Eat the cookie; then revise inferences
  • Discuss observation & inference
    • Scientific knowledge is based on observation AND inference
    • Sometimes scientists can’t directly observe what they want to know.
    • Good inferences allow us to be very sure of things we can’t directly observe.
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“Field Geology” 201

Your geology class is on a field trip to a fossil bed in Alberta, Canada. While exploring the site, you discover a slab of rock covered with interesting impressions. Your instructor invites the class to make observations and inferences about the imprints…

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