Science Sense is a set of skills that scientists and scientific thinkers possess that allows them to question and evaluate information presented as scientific. These skills include interpreting graphs, making evidence based arguments, designing experiments, and more. The skills fall under three categories: Number Sense, Data Sense, and Knowledge Sense.
Science Senses: The three main categories are mentioned and examples of each are given. This is not a complete listing of all of the Science Sense Skills.
- Having a sense of scale
- Making a back of the envelope estimate
- Collecting data and recognizing patterns
- Asking scientific questions
- Applying scientific knowledge
- Having an open mind
- Have students work in groups to try to list as many skills in each of the categories as they can before showing them the list or the syllabus. What skills do they already know scientists possess? Which don’t they think of? Are these skills useful anywhere else?
- Chapter 3: The Nature of Science from White and Dennin. 2008. Science Appreciation: Introduction to Science Literacy. OER
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