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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

About this Course 

 Session 1: What Is the Nature of Science?

Explore how the processes of science develop our understanding of the natural world
and reflect on the value and limits of the scientific process.


List of useful evolution resources about this topic.

Learning Goals:

In this session and those that follow, you will use the 5E's (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate), a constructivist approach to learning.

At the end of this session you will know:
• The nature of scientific processes

• The value and limitations of scientific process

• The scientist's use of terms such as fact, law, theory, and hypothesis

• Hypotheses can be tested by inference as well as direct observations

• How scientists choose the best solution using fair tests

• Change is a constant in science; as we learn more through new observations and evidence, our understanding of the world changes

You will be able to:
• Develop hypotheses from observations

• Identify the kinds of evidence sufficient to reject or accept a hypothesis

• Apply scientific processes in different situations

Facilitator Notes for this Session

National Science Education Standards

Core Activities = Core Activities

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