Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

A2 Developing and testing scientific explanations Activities a& Weblinks

Activities

The following activities develop ideas about developing and testing scientific explanations.
These ideas are also referred to in other activities.

3.1 Case study – propanolol for PTSD?
3.3 Case study – racism in the brain
3.4 Clues from the past
3.6 The Ordovician explosion

Weblinks

Proposing Laws and theories
Short articles from BEEP including a video from Sir David King.
http://www.beep.ac.uk/content/45.0.html

Good description of how science works, which is then related to evolution.
http://template.bio.warwick.ac.uk/staff/jellis/evolution/part2.html

Testing theories
An ironic ‘Advice for creationists’ which sets out why we trust scientist knowledge.
http://www.pantaneto.co.uk/issue32/curmudgeon.htm

A more philosophical lecture on scientific knowledge from a physics perspective.
http://abyss.uoregon.edu/~js/21st_century_science/lectures/lec01.html