Problems with ‘the scientific method’

Scientists rarely follow one straightforward path to understanding the natural world

By Jennifer Cutraro, 15:53 PM July 5, 2012




In Connecticut, first-graders load up toy cars with different amounts of mass, or stuff, and send them racing down ramps, rooting for their favorites to travel the farthest. In Texas, middle school students sample seawater from the Gulf of Mexico. And in Pennsylvania, kindergarten students debate what makes something a seed.


Though separated by miles, age levels and scientific fields, one thing unites these students: They are all trying to make sense of the natural world by engaging in the...

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