ERIC Number: EJ1041317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
"The Scientific Method" as Myth and Ideal
Woodcock, Brian A.
Science & Education, v23 n10 p2069-2093 Oct 2014
"The Scientific Method" as it has been portrayed in popular and introductory contexts has been declared a myth. The variation that one finds in introductory presentations of "The Scientific Method" is explained by the fact that there is no canonical account among historians and philosophers of science. What, in particular, is wrong with "The Scientific Method"? This essay provides a fairly comprehensive survey of shortcomings of "The Scientific Method". Included are corrections to several misconceptions that often accompany such presentations. Rather than treating "The Scientific Method" as a useful approximation or an ideal, the myth should be discarded. Lessons can be learned for introductory pedagogical contexts from considering the shortcomings of the myth.
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Science Education, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods, Science History, Scientific Concepts
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