Developing Student Understanding
Experiences in which students actually engage in scientific investigations provide
the background for developing an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry, and will also provide
a foundation for appreciating the history of science.
The introduction of historical examples will help students see the scientific enterprise as more
philosophical, social, and human.
Domain 2: What We Know Today About the World Around Us
|Historical perspectives help student understand scientific inquiry, the nature of scientific knowledge,
and interactions between science and society. Science and technology have advanced through the contributions
of many different people in different cultures at different times in history. Although scientist ma disagree about
explainations of phenomena, about interpretations of data, or about the value of rival theories, they do agree
that questioning, response to criticism, and open communication are integral to the process of science. As
scientific knowledge evolves, major disagreements are eventually resolved through such interactions between
scientists. The students will study: