ERIC Number: ED465618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
A Scientific Method Based upon Research Scientists' Conceptions of Scientific Inquiry.
Reiff, Rebecca; Harwood, William S.; Phillipson, Teddie
For students to develop a more realistic picture of how scientists practice science, there must be well-researched understanding of how scientists do science. A model for the process of scientific inquiry that more closely reflects actual scientific practices can provide a means of dispelling some of the myths about scientific inquiry. This paper presents an analysis of the presentation of the scientific method that is in a group of current science textbooks. Combined with this analysis are new results from a separate study of research scientists' conception of scientific inquiry. From these results, a new model for the process of scientific inquiry was developed that was called the inquiry wheel. In this paper, the traditional scientific method is compared and contrasted with the model of the inquiry wheel. (Contains 60 references.) (Author/MVL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry, Models, Scientific Methodology, Textbook Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (Charlotte, NC, January 10-13, 2002); see SE 066 324.