Session Title

What Should Undergraduates Learn about the Nature of Science?

Session Format

Presentation Session (45 minutes)

Location

Room 2911

Abstract for the conference program

Physicist Richard Feynman said “philosophy of science is as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.” While this famous slam obviously makes fun of philosophers, it also reflects how little attention we, as scientists, usually give to the characteristics of our disciplines. The rules of science were something we absorbed in graduate school; important, but implicit parts of that stage in our education. Most of us have been so busy doing science, we do not stop to think about how science is done. In this facilitated discussion session, the audience will divide into STEM disciplinary groups (with life & physical science subdivisions) to answer the question in the title. Then we will reconvene to compare & contrast what has been brainstormed. We will discuss what/how the features of the scientific enterprise can/should be presented to undergraduates that are: our majors, taking terminal science courses, and/or planning to be teachers.

Proposal Track

Non-research Project

Start Date

3-6-2015 1:50 PM

End Date

3-6-2015 2:35 PM

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What Should Undergraduates Learn about the Nature of Science?

Room 2911

Physicist Richard Feynman said “philosophy of science is as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.” While this famous slam obviously makes fun of philosophers, it also reflects how little attention we, as scientists, usually give to the characteristics of our disciplines. The rules of science were something we absorbed in graduate school; important, but implicit parts of that stage in our education. Most of us have been so busy doing science, we do not stop to think about how science is done. In this facilitated discussion session, the audience will divide into STEM disciplinary groups (with life & physical science subdivisions) to answer the question in the title. Then we will reconvene to compare & contrast what has been brainstormed. We will discuss what/how the features of the scientific enterprise can/should be presented to undergraduates that are: our majors, taking terminal science courses, and/or planning to be teachers.