The student is expected to in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student.
The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.
Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Serve Center (website) - Ideas and strategies to help educators incorporate evidence-based decision-making into their own teaching and improve student motivation and achievement.
Introduction to Experimental Design: Learn NC (website) - Students learn and use experimental design vocabulary and develop critical thinking skills by reading an experiment description, analyzing the information provided, and applying empirical evidence and logic to answer questions about the experiment design and outcomes.
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The Case of the Missing Computer Chip: Indiana University (website) - Students attempt to resolve a simulated crime by analyzing clues and evaluating evidence.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Bias Sampling: Science NetLinks (website) - Students learn that data gathered during a scientific study can be biased or unusable if the methodology is flawed. Includes assessment and extensions.
Have student groups design and conducts tests to compare two or three brands of the same commercial product. Then have each student write a paper that uses evidence collected during the test to identify the best product among those considered.
Building Thinking Skills. Parks, Sandra (ISBN-13: 978-1601441492)
Crime Scene Detective. Schulz, Karen (ISBN-13: 978-1593630638)
Critical Thinking and Reflection: Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (website) - Links to quality resources that can help teachers assess and develop students’ critical thinking and reflection skills.