Academic journal article Science Scope

Nurturing Scientific Habits of Mind

Academic journal article Science Scope

Nurturing Scientific Habits of Mind

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Science process skills and content knowledge are not enough to produce the scientists and scientifically literate citizens we need in the 21st century. Shared values and dispositions within the science community such as curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism must also be nurtured, modeled, and practiced continuously in science classrooms at all levels until they become deeply entrenched and respected "habits of mind."

This issue of Science Scope has a collection of articles to help you develop some of the scientific habits of mind specifically recommended in Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS 1993). They will be valuable in helping you promote scientific thinking, reasoning, and problem solving.

In this issue, Emily Kissner (page 48) outlines how to help students develop a questioning attitude. Lisa Martin-Hansen et al. (page 38) and Susan German (page 14) present further activities that teach students how to ask questions that interest them. Victor Sampson and Jonathon Grooms (page 66) share their technique for helping students to evaluate explanations and to generate arguments and counter-arguments. You will also find in this issue a format for writing evidence-based explanations and enhancing creativity in the science classroom.

This month's issue of Science Scope will also introduce a new column, "Green Science," which will replace our long-running "After the Bell" column. …

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