How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments


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Why are scientific claims generally more reliable than other claims?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a worthwhile question to ask when evaluating a scientific claim?

2. Which of the following kinds of papers is most reliable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Before you accept scientific conclusions, it's important to evaluate the basis and source of the arguments and claims. This quiz and worksheet review some of the factors to consider when you assess scientific data and claims.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics are covered in this assessment:

  • Characteristics of scientific claims
  • Assessing published reports
  • Factors used to evaluate scientific claims
  • Reliability of scientific studies

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on assessing scientific claims
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can review information about evaluating scientific studies and conclusions and understand the main points
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the criteria for assessing scientific studies

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson, How to Evaluate Scientific Claims & Arguments. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the scientific method
  • Explain the role of statistics in scientific studies
  • Understand how to evaluate bias in scientific claims
  • Describe how to assess a new claim by a young, unknown scientist