Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Science or Not - Section 3: Go Further


One of my favorite things about this lesson is that it challenges the students to develop new ideas about science. Starting from the really basic "science is not based on authority" (even if the authority is a noble prize winner he/she can still be wrong), to the more challenging "science proves ideas" (accumulated evidence gives support to ideas not proof; a confirmed negative finding can overturn theories - science is under constant revision).

I have a lot of fun debating the idea of science not being democratic - as the students take it to mean that everyone can do it (correct assessment), while I take it into the realm of "it is not decided by voting, something is real or it isn't".

Sometimes it almost becomes a challenge as "science not being objective", for example, leads to heated debates of what objective means (students - facts; me - unbiased).

This kind of exchange of ideas helps students conceptualize the nature of science in a meaningful manner. Students can be heard after the lesson continuing the conversation with each other as they keep challenging their beliefs.   

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Misconceptions & New Understandings
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Science or Not

Unit 1: Introduction to 7th Grade Science
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to describe the characteristics of modern science.

Big Idea: Science is limited to the natural world and what we can perceive directly or indirectly with our senses.

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