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Paper: Are We Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists?
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 343
Authors: Rubbo, L. J.; Moore, J. C.
Abstract: University courses in conceptual physics and astronomy typically serve as the terminal science experience for non-science majors. Significant work has gone into developing research-verified pedagogical methods for the algebra- and calculus-based physics courses typically populated by natural and physical science majors; however, there is significantly less in the literature concerning the non-science population. This is quickly changing, and large, repeatable gains on concept tests are being reported. However, we may be losing sight of what is arguably the most important goal of such a course: development of scientific reasoning. Are we teaching this population of students to think like scientists?
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