Revising Geology Labs to Explicitly Use the Scientific Method
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This article points out that many content- or skill-based labs can be revised to explicitly involve the scientific method by asking students to propose hypotheses before making observations. Labs in which this method has been successfully applied include skill-building labs such as topographic map labs, content-based labs involving experiments with models, and field labs. Because these labs force students to state their expectations before making observations, they allow students to test their own models for various processes, making the students feel more engaged in the observations. This type of exercise reinforces other discussions of the scientific method, and gives students a better understanding of how scientists think. It provides models for applying the scientific method that students can consider when they try to design tests for open-ended research questions in this or other courses.
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-079
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)
Author: Kimberly A Hannula
Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO