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Teaching About Scientific Inquiry And The Nature Of Science: Toward A More Complete View Of Science

Abstract

"Science is more than a body of knowledge and a way of developing and validating that knowledge. Science is a social activity that reflects human values, including curiosity, creativity, integrity, and skepticism. Developing scientific literacy requires meaningful, engaging instruction that integrates the knowledge of science, the methods of science, and the nature of science. Scientific inquiry as both content and as a process for learning provides opportunities for students to develop inquiry skills, use critical thinking, and deepen their understanding of science content. Furthermore, research strongly supports our experience that students enjoy the challenges of scientific inquiry when given appropriate support, and that they are enthusiastic participants in learning about the nature of science and how we know what we know. Teaching the nature of science and inquiry encourages students to develop scientific habits of mind that will enable them to be effective decision makers beyond the classroom."

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