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THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

The primary goal of science is to understand the natural and human-designed worlds. Science refers to certain processes used by humans for obtaining knowledge about nature, and to an organized body of knowledge about nature obtained by these processes. Science is a dynamic and creative activity with a long and interesting history. Many societies have contributed to the development of scientific knowledge and understanding. Scientists continuously assess and judge the soundness of scientific knowledge claims by testing laws and theories, and modifying them in light of compelling new evidence or a re-conceptualization of existing evidence.

Science is a way of knowing that seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world. An important part of scientific literacy is an understanding of the nature of science, which includes an understanding of the following:

•    what scientists, engineers, and technologists do as individuals and as a community
•    how scientific knowledge is generated and validated, and what benefits, costs, and risks are involved in using this knowledge
•    how science interacts with technology, society, and the environment

Occasionally, theories and concepts undergo change, but for the most part, the fundamental concepts of science - to do with phenomena such as the cellular basis of life, the laws of energy, the particle theory of matter - have proved stable.


THE GOALS OF THE SCIENCE PROGRAM
Achievement of both excellence and equity underlies the major goals of the secondary science program. The three goals of the science program are as follows:

1.  to relate science to technology, society, and the environment
2.  to develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry
3.  to understand the basic concepts of science

Every course in the secondary science program focuses on these three goals.  The same three goals also underlie assessment of student achievement in science. 
 
Resources:
Achievement Chart                         Junior / Senior Casual Inquiry Lab Report Rubric                Chemical Elements
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