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ERIC Number: EJ752646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
A Gentle Reminder that a Hypothesis is Never Proven Correct, nor is a Theory Ever Proven to Be True
McLaughlin, Jacqueline
Journal of College Science Teaching, v36 n1 p60-62 Sep 2006
At present, students and nonscientists still believe that a "theory" is just a mere hunch or a guess and that science is absolute. In this article, the author discusses that it is now time for teachers to correct these misconceptions. Teachers must explain to their students that the facts printed in science textbooks just happen to be the best theories at the moment and they are tentative and open to challenge. The author also urges teachers to remind themselves and those they mentor that a hypothesis is never proven correct and that no amount of experimental testing or evidence can prove anything in science. It is only when the scientist's results match his or her prediction that a hypothesis is supported.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A