Nature of Science

This month has seen the first examinations of the new syllabus and the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC) is awash with comments and discussions. Some of the comments I have read relates to disappointment that the Nature of Science had a marginal role within the papers. Though NoS was perhaps not as prominent in this exam as some may have thought, it does not mean it is peripheral to the course. Good science teaching requires a sound understanding of the Nature of Science. It should, ...

Nature of Science 5 – Scientific Literacy and the Public Understanding of Science

Section 5 of the NOS part of the guide (page 11) is all about how science is perceived by the general public. I like this section of the course as it deals with (amongst other things)  biases, fallacies, pseudo science and the correct terminology. In this months National Geographic magazine there is a great article all on this topic (March 2015, page 30 - 47, 'The Age of Disbelief'). Statements such as 'a third of American's believe humans have existed in their ...

Nature of Science – a focus

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YwYEy5AXwlQ The Nature of Science or NoS is a focus on the ways in which Scientific knowledge is acquired. From the Scientific method, to accidental discoveries (serendipity), to the assembly of data from different sources for a meaningful whole, to a meticulous series of observations that collectively have meaning; Science ultimately, is the collection of evidence from which conclusions can be drawn. . At its center there exists a question from which an answer is sought, however the manner by which one arrives ...

The new course and the NOS – how is it going?

Well, the new term has started, new text books have been bought, your classes are full of new and eager students and you are starting your teaching of the new course. NOS in particular. So how is it going? Have you come up with any good examples of your own or are you focussing in the explanations in the guide? One idea that came to my mind is that of Occam’s razor and teaching students about atomic structure and s,p,d,f orbitals ...

The Nature of Science

As part of the changes present in the new Biology guide, one of the more significant is the formal introduction of the Nature of Science, referred to as NoS. So what is NoS? Nature of Science (often abbreviated as NoS) is a term that refers to various topics related to sociology, philosophy, and history of science. It is a metacognition about science's products in an interdisciplinary analysis of these areas of knowledge, together with specialists in didactics of science and scientists. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_of_Science] To illustrate ...

Changes to DP Biology (II) Structure of the new course

Some aspects of the revised Biology Diploma course for 2015+ have not changed, yet as you would presumably anticipate, other aspects  have significant changes. The syllabus content structure (organisation)  is the same: there exists a core component / AHL component, Group 4 (though no longer assessed via Personal skills) and option material together with an internal assessment component. Though, students now only study one Option and both SL and HL have the same choices: Neurobiology Biotechnology Ecology and conservation Human Physiology The new syllabus gives focus to teaching ...