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Nature of science

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Overview:
Understanding how science works allows one to easily distinguish science from non-science. Thus, to understand biological evolution, or any other science, it is essential to begin with the nature of science.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
6-8

Time:
20-30 minutes

Teaching tips:
Student learning could be enhanced by classroom discussion in which the concepts in this lesson are applied to specific examples.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Science focuses on natural phenomena and processes. (NOS8)

  • The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.

  • Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence.

  • Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as we come up with new ideas and discover new evidence. (P6, NOS3)

  • Accepted scientific theories are not tenuous; they must survive rigorous testing and be supported by multiple lines of evidence to be accepted. (NOS4)

  • Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)

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