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ERIC Number: EJ995911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Hypothesis, Prediction, and Conclusion: Using Nature of Science Terminology Correctly
Eastwell, Peter
School Science Review, v11 n2 p37-43 2012
This paper defines the terms "hypothesis," "prediction," and "conclusion" and shows how to use the terms correctly in scientific investigations in both the school and science education research contexts. The scientific method, or hypothetico-deductive (HD) approach, is described and it is argued that an understanding of the scientific method, which is about developing explanations for puzzling observations, is critical to an understanding of the nature of science, and that more opportunities need to be provided for school students to use it. Some advice is offered for improving science education research efforts and reports. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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