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Science learning can be improved by encouraging appropriate attitudes

Notes

Students’ attitudes toward science affect their investigations. Certain attitudes are conducive to learning in science and should be encouraged, these include:

  • curiosity
  • honesty (in recording and validating data)
  • flexibility
  • persistence
  • critical mindedness
  • open-mindedness
  • willingness to suspend judgment
  • willingness to tolerate uncertainty.

Teacher reflection

  • How can students think critically as well as suspend their judgment?
  • What processes can teachers use to help ensure student honesty in recording and validating data?
  • How can teachers encourage student persistence?
  • How can teachers appropriately channel student curiosity?

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