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There may be more than one explanation for the results of an investigation

Key ideas

How the results of an investigation are interpreted depends on a number of factors. These can include:

  • the number of variables to be considered
  • the sophistication of the procedure (that is, appropriateness of the approach and method chosen)
  • the quality of the data collected
  • the theoretical perspective of the scientist interpreting the data.

Teacher reflection

  • How can there be more than one explanation for the results of an investigation? Does at least one of the explanations have to be wrong?
  • Would the ‘perfect investigation’ have only one explanation? Why or why not?
  • If there is more than one explanation for the results of an investigation, should further investigations be carried out? Why or why not?

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