Nurturing the Nature of Scienceby: Carolyn Reeves, Debby Chessin, and Martha Chambless

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Historical stories of scientists provide an excellent opportunity to help students see that science is indeed a human endeavor and demonstrate the interrelationships among science, technology, and society. A number of engaging historical accounts illustrate characteristics of the nature of science. The story of Lise Meitner leads students through the processes of how one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of this century occurred. Her role in nuclear research and her proposal of the nuclear-fission theory can be used to illustrate many of the characteristics of the nature of science.

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  • on Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:00 PM

This article provides the characteristics of the nature of science, strategies to expose students to learn about the nature of science, ways to find effective historical narratives, and the need to provide multiple mini lessons to explore the nature of science. A sample biography of a scientist is provided and a chart explains how some characteristics of nature are addressed in this short piece. This is an interesting approach to learning for high school students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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