Science Education

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Edited By: John L. Rudolph

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 10/219 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1098-237X

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The Distinction Between Experimental and Historical Sciences as a Framework for Improving Classroom Inquiry
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Inquiry experiences in secondary classrooms are heavily weighted toward experimentation. We know, however, that many fields of science (e.g., evolutionary biology, cosmology, and paleontology), while they may utilize experiments, are not justified by experimental methodologies. With the focus on experimentation in schools, these fields of science are often not included in the inquiry experiences our students receive. I propose utilizing the distinction between experimental and historical sciences as a way to improve the diversity of scientific methodologies represented in the science classroomREAD MORE