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Elementary Science: Inquiry & Processes - Chapter Summary
Our instructors have developed engaging lessons that closely examine inquiry and processes in elementary science. Gain greater insight into scientific investigation, how to select appropriate models in science, the nature of science, how science has changed society and more! When finished, you will be ready to:
- Discuss important events and theories linked to the history of science
- Exhibit knowledge of unifying concepts common to all sciences
- Share strategies for connecting science lessons with other disciplines
- Explain how scientific discoveries can influence people to change their beliefs
- Describe point-of-view, assumptions and other steps in the critical thinking process
- Detail how to use appropriate tools for data collection and scientific tests
- Explain how to keep records and communicate results in scientific investigations
This chapter is flexible, enabling you to customize your review based on your personal schedule and existing knowledge of inquiry and processes. Select any lessons to study, visit as often as you'd like, and take accompanying quizzes to test your knowledge of key concepts. If you develop questions about specific lesson topics, don't hesitate to submit them to our experts. All study tools in this chapter are available 24 hours a day, making it easy to prepare for your exam when it is most convenient for you.
1. The Nature of Science
This lesson will explore the basic nature of science. It will distinguish science from pseudoscience and hypothesis from theory and natural law; it will give plenty of examples of each.
2. The History of Science: Events, Contributions & Theories
In this lesson, we discuss a few significant events in science's history. We will see how science has changed over the years as we start to question what we think we know.
3. Unifying Concepts Common to All Sciences
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what science is and describe some concepts and ideas that are common across all sciences. A short quiz will follow.
4. Selecting Appropriate Models in Science
Scientific models are used to describe physical phenomenon and are tested against real world data. In this lesson, you will become familiar with a real example of how scientists select appropriate models for their work including knowledge of their limitations.
5. Connecting Science Lessons With Other Disciplines
Students learn best through an interdisciplinary approach that explores the connections among different branches of science and other fields. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of connecting science lessons with math, history, technology, and other disciplines.
6. How Science Has Changed Society
Without science, our modern world just wouldn't be the same. The way we travel, shop, learn, socialize, eat, work, and play is possible because of scientific influences and innovations. Take a look around, and you'll see science pretty much everywhere!
7. How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs
Personal beliefs are one thing that people hold to very tightly. However, over time, with enough scientific evidence, a critical eye and consistent experiments, science can and does change people's beliefs in ways that simple observations cannot.
8. The Critical Thinking Process: Point-of-View, Assumptions, Evidence & Conclusions
In this lesson, you'll learn the steps involved in the critical thinking process. You'll consider how coming to a conclusion effectively involves multiple questions that get you thinking about a topic in a new way.
9. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples
Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.
10. Using Appropriate Tools for Scientific Tests & Data Collection
A properly run experiment depends on using the right tools, both for data collection and analysis. In the end, it will save you time, money and frustration to spend some time planning out which tools are most appropriate for your work.
11. Scientific Investigations: Keeping Records & Communicating Results
Science is all about doing investigations. Learn the importance of a scientist keeping good records, and the ways the scientist communicate the results from those records.
12. Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Elementary Science
Looking to become an elementary teacher in Florida? Check out this lesson on developmentally appropriate practices for teaching science as you prepare for your teacher certification.
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