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Scientific Method

The scientific method is a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses. The Scientific Method is related to concepts of scientific inquiry (see Biology topic 47), but the two ideas differ.

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3:15 The Steps of the Scientific Method for Youth

4:42 The Scientific Method: Steps, Terms and Examples

3:19 The Scientific Method & its Importance – Studi Chemistry


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Instructors: While the scientific method remains an important discipline for high school science students to know and apply, there is a general trend toward the use of phenomena as an alternative way to engage students in science. In particular, “The new vision for science education features a three dimensional view of learning that involves: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. To engage students in authentic scientific experiences in these 3-dimensions, phenomena plays a key role in having students work to figure out core ideas in science. The phenomena that students should be working to explain will allow them to use these core ideas to help explain things in the natural world.” (pdf link)