I’ve been thinking a lot lately about, “How Scientists Think?” I’m excited to be working on an innovative curricula project here at UBC centered around science as a way of knowing.
…more about this later…
To this end, I just read this article, “How Scientists Think in the Real World: Implications for Science Education” by Kevin Dunbar.
According to the article, scientists are particularly stimulated by unexpected results, love making analogies, and work best in groups. I’d say, “That’s about right!”
In thinking about how my teaching strategies align with these values, I came up with a short list of ideas. Encourage group work, practice using analogies, explicitly encourage the use of analogy by students, and ready students for the unexpected.