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ERIC Number: EJ794411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Experiencing the Nature of Science: An Interactive, Beginning-of-Semester Activity
Cavallo, Ann
Journal of College Science Teaching, v37 n5 p12-15 May 2008
Students' learning about the nature of science (NOS) consists of two related aspects that include their understandings of and ability to apply science processes, and their beliefs about NOS. To help students develop such understandings, the New Society activity gets them talking to each other about science, using the language of science such as observing and hypothesizing, accepting and considering others' viewpoints and ideas, and acclimating to the inquiry-based scientific processes to be used throughout the course and beyond. The activity is especially effective in courses enrolling primarily nonscience majors. (Contains 1 figure and 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A