Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 15:48:00 -0600

Author: Jerry DiMarco

Subject: science-fairs and scientific method


I am a little curious why the teaching of the scientific method is
being criticized. What is the problem, and what would you teach in its place?


At 05:17 PM 10/4/99 -0400, you wrote:
> writes:
>>Here's a thought: I wonder what Albert would think of contemporary
>>science fairs where "science demos" are banned, and the poor kids have to
>>twist their presentation into hypothisis/experiment/result, rather than
>>just replicating an odd phenomenon and then explaining how it works?
>>Kids are always wanting to use the demos on SCIENCE HOBBYIST as science
>>fair projects... but they have no idea of how to get them past their
>>teachers who insist that the demos be bent and distorted to adhere to the
>>mythical "Scientific Method" taught in grade school.
>>If a few hundred scientists signed a petition to end this practice,
>>perhaps science-fair organizers sit up and take notice?
>Oh Bill - speaking as a high school teacher I SO much agree with you. It's
>absurd what is being forced down the young ones throat in this aspect. The
>darn "Scientific Method" is really, really prevelant in the Biology courses
>(and elementary/middle school as you point out). I think it is the
>way of saying - HEY - us Biologists really do science too you know. Me doth
>think they complainith too much........
>Full force go on this endevour!
>Brian Holton


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Physics Dept., Montana State Univ. fax: 406-994-4452
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