Nature of science

This picture is the list our methods class came up with for ideas worth reaching about how science works, or the nature of science. Some of the aspect ought not be addressed explicitly in early elementary classrooms, but teachers should be careful to not inaccurately model these aspects. For example, first graders likely have not yet learned the scientific method myth, so explicit instruction may not be necessary. However, teachers need to not simply give step-by-step instructions or the implicit message will be that science is largely procedural. Similarly, the difference between theory & law should not be addressed with young children, but teachers need to choose words with care. Rather than asking students what their theory is, ask, “what are your ideas?”

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