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Women's Brains
This lesson is designed to help students recognize and deal with bias which may be found in scientific studies. Students will discover that because human values deeply influence terminology, the questions asked, and the criteria for choosing among theories, science incorporates procedures intended to eliminate (or at least reduce) the influence of natural biases we all have. One of these is the requirement for publication and the process of critical peer-review for all such publications. The lesson is based on an essay dealing with bias in science, which is read and discussed with the class. Specific questions are provided to help stimulate discussion.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • History and philosophy of science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999 ENSI (Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes) This material may be copied only for noncommercial classroom teaching purposes, and only if this source is clearly cited.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-647
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of science
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes