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The Nature of Science for AZ AAPT
Transcript of The Nature of Science for AZ AAPT
vs. the Nature of Science Education
Saturday, Sept 26th, 2015
Mathematics & Physics
16 years Title I schools
2 years public charter ASA
starting 4th year as TiR
objectionable answer to the majority of the community."
"Within the framework of a scientific
, observations can be interpreted in
much more far-reaching
ways than are possible without a theory."
UC Berkeley Physics
A Model Approach
1. What is science?
2. What is reality?
3. Is science reality?
Estrella Mtn CC
Kelli Gamez Warble
Trained as pre-service teacher
Workshop leader since 1997
Development team leader for Middle School Modeling
Discussing the NOS:
Why discuss the
Nature of Science
should not be distinct from the practice of
should reflect the collaborative nature of the scientific
"God created the world within the last 10,000 years."
Public: 50% agree
"Dinosaurs existed millions of years ago."
Public: 80% agree
Record your (individual) observations.
Record observations shared by your nearest colleagues.
Record observations shared by the worldwide community.
How did the mystery cube activity reflect (or not) how science is practiced by scientific researchers?
Which of the 8
Engineering & Science Practices
listed in the NGSS were used as part of the mystery cube activity?
Is it possible (or desirable) to teach the Nature of Science without teaching a particular science content area? Is it possible to teach science content without using NOS practices?
4 strands of science learning:
Issues in Science and Technology
, Summer 2009
What's on the bottom of the cube?
“When I was growing up,
wasn’t really a factor...and now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic...My theory, and I study it because I have young children,
my theory is the shots
. We’re giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.”
Representative Clayton Fiscus
Know, use, and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world
Generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations
Understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge
Participate productively in scientific practices and discourse
All 4 strands characterized as
"...Yet what is taught in most schools today, from kindergarten through introductory college classes, focuses almost exclusively on only a portion of the first strand: teaching students to
scientific explanations of the natural world."
UC San Francisco
"State Department of Environmental Protection officials have been ordered not to use the term
in any official communications, emails, or reports."
Ms. Stone's 8th grade class
Chicago, IL 2015