Scientific Literacy

PROFDHW at AOL.COM PROFDHW at AOL.COM
Wed Feb 3 16:35:11 EST 1999


Plant-eders:

While judging an elementary science fair recently I mentioned to one of the
participants (a sixth grader, I would guess from memory) that she actually had
two hypotheses in her project. She almost instantly came to tears. I backed
off immediately and praised her work in as many ways as I could.

Later, a colleague explained that the students at elementary schools are
directed by their teachers to have one and only one hypothesis. To have more
than one hypothesis per project is regarded as unscientific.

Dave Williams
Science Department Chair
Valencia Community College, East Campus
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, FL 32825
407-299-5000 Ext. 2443
profdhw at aol.com



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