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

A2 Developing and testing scientific explanations Activities a& Weblinks


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


Proposing Laws and theories
Short articles from BEEP including a video from Sir David King.

Good description of how science works, which is then related to evolution.

Testing theories
An ironic ‘Advice for creationists’ which sets out why we trust scientist knowledge.

A more philosophical lecture on scientific knowledge from a physics perspective.