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Science learning can be improved by encouraging appropriate attitudes


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?