Nature of Science tenets by Professor Patricia Richard
1. Science is tentative, dynamic, and changing but also has durable character.
2. Cultural, gender, historical, social, philosophical, and political views may affect science teaching and learning.
3. Science is a human endeavor and people participate regardless of age, race, gender, and nationality.
4. Science can be implicit-hands on experimentation or explicit- discussions and guided reflections.
5. Science is infused with core values of honesty, integrity, protocol, especially when involving humans and laboratory animals.
6. The scientific method is one pathway of many in methods of scientific inquiry.
7. There is a common myth that theories, when proved, become scientific laws; and that scientific laws are unchanging and indisputable. In the culture of science, theory and law have different uses, one explanatory and one descriptive.
8. A focus of teaching science should be to expose and exclude all pseudo-scientific and non-scientific methods, explanations and products.
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