Science Senses

The Science Senses

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In general, Science Sense is…

  • being able to distinguish science from non-science
  • the ability to recognize how people collect and process facts into knowledge
  • the ability to recognize how a collection of facts becomes knowledge
  • being able to question and evaluate information that is presented as scientific
  • being an informed consumer, evaluator, and practitioner of science

More specifically, the skills that help to develop Science Sense fall into three broad categories:

 

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Number Sense includes…
  • Scales and orders of magnitude
  • Estimates and approximations
  • Measurements and units of measurement

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Data Sense includes…
  • Graphical interpretation and visualization
  • Sample size, relevance and statistical analysis
  • Identifying and correcting for bias
  • Proxies

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Knowledge Sense includes…
  • The nature and limits of science and scientific questions
  • Designing experiments
  • Scientific ethics and applying science
  • Communicating science

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