Teaching the Nature of Science Through the Concept of Living by: Byoung-Sug Kim and Mary McKinney

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By virtue of its connection with scientific literacy, the nature of science has been considered essential subject matter for the science curriculum. With this in mind, seventh-grade students were introduced to three aspects of the nature of science: (1) the distinction between observation and inference, (2) the subjective, and (3) the tentative aspects of the nature of science (Lederman et al., 2002). These three aspects of the nature of science were incorporated into lessons on the characteristics of living things.

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  • on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:00 PM

This article provides a four day lesson on the characteristics of living things that also teaches the process of doing science. I like how the authors have used an authentic science content lesson to incorporate the aspects of how science is done or the nature of science. The article provides the complete lesson, including the materials presented to the students, discussion questions, and examples of students response. I am looking forward to using this lesson in my classroom soon! Highly recommended!

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

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