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ERIC Number: EJ1003687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
Teaching the Scientific Method Using Current News Articles
Palmer, Laura K.; Mahan, Carolyn G.
American Biology Teacher, v75 n5 p355-356 May 2013
We describe a short (less than 50 minutes) activity using news articles from sources such as "Science Daily" to teach students the steps of the scientific method and the difference between primary and secondary literature sources. The flexibility in choosing news articles to examine allowed us to tailor the activity to the specific interests of our student group. This exercise is particularly useful in situations where there is no laboratory component to a course, the time devoted to teaching the scientific method is constrained, or the topic is not presented adequately in the textbook utilized for the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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