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Week 1: Introduction to Earth Science and The Scientific Method Welcome to the first week of Earth Science. In this course, you are going to explore the amazing world around you—discover what makes it tick, and the Universe from which it arose. When you look at the world outside, what do you see? Do you see an Earth that is constantly in motion and changing? As you progress through this course, you will see an Earth where mountains are rising, land is sinking, storms of destruction occur, and islands form from the sea. All of these events are part of the world called Earth science. This week, you will take a high-level glance at Earth science, the method that scientists use, the limitations of science, and what makes for good science or bad science. Readings Course Text: McConnell, D., Steer, D., Knight, C., Owens, K., & Park, L. (2008). The good Earth: Introduction to Earth science . Boston: McGraw-Hill. o Chapter 1, “Introduction to Earth Science,” (pp. 2–27) What is Earth Science and why should you study it? To better understand the world around you, it is helpful to know about the processes that have formed Earth and what changes lie ahead. This chapter provides a brief overview of Earth Science and the method that scientists use to study it. Institute for Inquiry http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/about/philosophy.html Inquiry is a means for science, but is not the same as the scientific method. Explore this site to find out more about inquiry and how it applies to science. Good science education requires both learning scientific concepts and developing scientific thinking skills. Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, and that leads to asking questions, making discoveries, and testing those discoveries in the search for new understanding. Inquiry, as it relates to science education, should mirror as closely as possible the enterprise of doing real science. The inquiry process is driven by one’s own curiosity, wonder, interest, or passion to understand an observation or to solve a problem. The process begins when the learner notices something that intrigues, surprises, or stimulates a question—something that is new, or something that may not make sense in relationship to the learner's previous experience or current understanding. The next step is to take action—through continued observing, raising questions, making predictions, testing hypotheses, and creating conceptual models. The learner must find her or his own pathway through this process. It is rarely a linear progression, but rather more of a back-and-forth, or cyclical, series of events. As the process unfolds , more observations and questions emerge, providing for deeper interaction with the phenomena—and greater potential for further development of understanding.
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Along the way , the inquirer collects and records data, makes representations of results and explanations, and draws upon other resources such as books, videos, and the expertise or insights
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course PHSC 1001 taught by Professor Gabrielclay during the Fall '09 term at Walden University.

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