From Aristotle to Today: Making the History and Nature of Science Relevant by: Donna R. Sterling

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Students connect to science in multiple ways. For some students, learning how real people have developed and defended their scientific ideas makes science relevant and interesting. Tracking the changes in scientific thought over time can be fascinating for students as they see how scientists based their growing understanding on empirical data that became more extensive with each new wave of technology. Students also discover that the process of accepting new explanations is often fraught with controversy. In this interdisciplinary activity, students develop a timeline that uses posters to show how scientists’ explanations of our solar system and the universe have changed over time.

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  • on Tue May 31, 2011 6:59 PM

The author provides a nice activity that leads students to understand why different cultures/scientists had different ideas about space. She has tried to set it up so that students discover for themselves that society and technology influence science and ends with a discussion of the Nature of Science. I have done similar lessons using atomic theory and Mendel's Laws of Inheritance and if combined with a review of technology in their and their parents lifetimes I have found this to be helpful in scaffolding student's understanding of what science is and isn't. The rubrics provided are nice examples of holistic assessments as well.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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