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This document serves as background information for those teachers who are new to teaching science, as well as for any teacher that feels he or she needs a little reminder about the goals and terminology of the scientific process. Curriki community members are encouraged to edit this resource to include their own expertise!
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I would suggest that on the kid friendly graphic all of the arrows be double. As it appears that a hypothesis is required and once that is done the process is linear, with new questions posed at any step, but following the original design always leads to a conclusion.. It is possible that after designing an experiment and beginning to collect data, the design is modified. Also I think it is important to understand than many scientists work from a hypothesis rather than a question.
I would also make it more apparent that there are other scientific methods that do not use controlled experiments.
In the other hints sections you might add
3. Collect detailed observations.- Some scientific investigations use detailed qualitative observations rather than quantitative (measurable) date. These are especially important in behavioral field studies. There may or may not be an experiment with these types of studies.
4. Collect gross observations - Some scientific investigations use more comprehensive views. This is especially important in geological field studies, where one is trying to get the big picture. The experiments may occur after the observations if a model is developed. The model may be investigated but not the actual earth process. Models may also be verified with numeric data which is the case of the interior of Earth. Data that does not fit the current model, if repeatable, means the model has to be modified. The types of investigations involving models are often used in studies of things that are are too big, too small, too fast, too slow such as evolution, star formation, atomic structure, motions of planets, etc.