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Scientific explanations may involve creative insights

Key Ideas

  • Scientific explanations do not simply emerge from observations made during an investigation. A scientific explanation proposes that there is a pattern to what is observed. The pattern that one scientist ‘sees’ may not be apparent to another.

Teacher reflection

  • What role does creativity play in science?
  • Can innovative developments in science and technology occur when creativity is absent? Why or why not?
  • Can advances in science occur based on creativity alone, or are other factors involved? Why?

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