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Article explains how theories may be modified or overturned as new evidence and perspective emerges, often due to new technologies.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Biology
  • Science > Chemistry
  • Science > Physics

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SCI.9-12.2.C: Science

know that scientific theories are based on natural and physical phenomena and are capable of being tested by multiple independent researchers. Unlike hypotheses, scientific theories are well-established and highly-reliable explanations, but may be subject to change as new areas of science and new technologies are developed;

SCI.9-12.3.A: Science

in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student;
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-04-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is a valuable resource that guides students through the research process. The lesson takes students through each step of the process and provides the scaffolding that would help all levels of students be more successful on all different types of research assignments. Beyond the research component, there are also instructions for how to prepare for a presentation and a final section that encourages students to reflect on the effectiveness of their work. It can be used as is or it can be tailored to meet the specific topic that is being studied.

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