Science 10-12

Appreciation of Science

Overall Expectations:

437 appreciate that the applications of science and technology can raise ethical dilemma

Specific Expectations:

  • use a multi-perspective approach, considering scientific, technological, economic, cultural, political, and environmental factors when formulating conclusions, solving problems, or making decisions on an STSE issue
  • carefully research and openly discuss ethical dilemmas associated with the applications of science and technology

MediaSmarts Resources

Crime in the News
Forensic Science Crime Dramas
Free Speech and the Internet
Reality Check: Getting the Goods on Science and Health

Interest in science

Overall Expectations:

440 acquire, with interest and confidence, additional science knowledge and skills, using a variety of resources and methods, including formal research

Specific Expectations:

are critical and constructive when considering new theories and techniques

MediaSmarts Resources

Bias
Forensic Science Crime Dramas
Hoax? Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion? You Decide!

 

Scientific inquiry

Overall Expectations:

442 confidently evaluate evidence and consider alternative perspectives, ideas, and explanations

443 use factual information and rational explanations when analysing and evaluating

444 value the processes for drawing conclusions

Specific Expectations:

  • insist on evidence before accepting a new idea or explanation
  • ask questions and conduct research to confirm and extend their understanding
    • criticize arguments based on the faulty, incomplete, or misleading use of numbers
    • recognize the importance of reviewing the basic assumptions from which a line of inquiry has arisen
    • expend the effort and time needed to make valid inferences
    • critically evaluate inferences and conclusions, cognizant of the many variables involved in experimentation
    • critically assess their opinion of the value of science and its applications
    • criticize arguments in which evidence, explanations, or positions do not reflect the diversity of perspectives that exist
    • insist that the critical assumptions behind any line of reasoning be made explicit so that the validity of the position taken can be judged
    • seek new models, explanations, and theories when confronted with discrepant events or evidence

MediaSmarts Resources

Bias
Hoax? Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion? You Decide!
Reality Check: Getting the Goods on Science and Health
Remixing Media