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Applying the Iterative Nature of the Scientific Process

The scientific process is built into multiple facets of our lives.  It can be applied to the decisions and conclusions we make everyday.  This is critical since these decisions have such a significant impact on the way we live.  The scientific process provides us with the necessary knowledge to make critical life decisions.  My unit will focus on the iterative nature of the scientific process, which should bring my students closer to achieving a complete understanding of its purpose and practices.   

There is a Chinese proverb that states, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”  I believe this accurately summarizes my approach to this unit in many ways.  The Proverb suggests that, learning by doing, is an effective method that can be used for understanding. Therefore, my students will engage in activities and practices that reinforce the iterative processes of science.  In my experience, the best way to get students to achieve this level of understanding is by breaking down the information into parts.  Accordingly, my students will be able to build on their understanding by first mastering the focus of this unit.

Troy J. Holiday
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