This article explains four kinds of inquiry exercises, different in purpose, for teaching advanced-level high school and college students the hypothetico-deductive (H-D) method. The first uses a picture of a river system to convey the H-D method’s logic. The second has teams of students use the H-D method: their teacher poses a hypothesis drawn from a research article the students have not seen and asks them to design an H-D test of it. Later they read the article and compare their designs with its. The third exercise extends this; when economically practical, the class may experimentally test the best of its designs. Finally, an Internet/library exercise lets students inquire into the history of the H-D method.
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Research Article| May 01 2014
Exercises for Bringing the Hypothetico-Deductive Method to Life
The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (5): 346–348.
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H. Charles Romesburg; Exercises for Bringing the Hypothetico-Deductive Method to Life. The American Biology Teacher 1 May 2014; 76 (5): 346–348. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2014.76.5.9
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