Can Case Studies Be Used to Teach Critical Thinking?

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This brief article from Journal of College Science Teaching presents an argument in favor of using "interrupted case studies" in teaching science to undergraduates. Such case studies, the author writes, help students develop critical thinking skills and present science as the messy, incomplete, and creative process that it is for those who do research. The author, Clyde Freeman Herreid, directs the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and is a distinguished professor of biological sciences.

Discussing a Science Article from the Popular Press

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This activity engages students as critical readers of popular science writing. Any recent article will do, as students will seek out the methods, assumptions, and evidence in the piece. This task works especially well as a warm-up in the first meeting of a small class, but suggestions for an expanded assignment are given.

Outrageous Fortune

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In this activity, students will learn a little about string theory and will consider debates about the place of string theory in science. This discussion engages students with a current issue in astrophysics and with ideas about the nature and practice of science.

Outrageous Fortune

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In this activity, students will learn a little about string theory and will consider debates about the place of string theory in science. This discussion engages students with a current issue in astrophysics and with ideas about the nature and practice of science.