Basic Assumptions and Limitations of Science
If you feel that your students are sufficiently ready (probably 10th-12th grade), you may want to share the following Basic Assumptions of Science (and possibly the Basic Limitations of Scientific Knowledge, as well). These assumptions and limitations form the basis for the several Key Concepts of Science and the handy “Rules of Science” mentioned elsewhere on the ENSI site.
BASIC ASSUMPTIONS OF SCIENCE
BASIC LIMITATIONS OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
NEVERTHELESS, scientific knowledge is the most reliable knowledge we can have about the natural world and how it works. This is because scientists have developed a methodology for learning based on principles of critical thinking and reducing bias.
*Contingent = depending on existing technology and current ways of thinking.
Adapted from “Nature of Modern Science and Scientific Knowledge” by Martin Nickels, Professor of Anthropology. http://www.indiana.edu/~ensiweb/natscimn.html