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Science and Society

ISBN-10: 1449685021
ISBN-13: 9781449685027
Edition: 2014
Authors: Peter Daempfle
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Description: Written for the undergraduate, non-majors course, Science & Society: Thought and Education for the 21st Century helps students become better consumers of science by showing them how to think like a scientist. Scientific principles are infused with  More...

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List price: $64.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Written for the undergraduate, non-majors course, Science & Society: Thought and Education for the 21st Century helps students become better consumers of science by showing them how to think like a scientist. Scientific principles are infused with case studies, stories, paradoxes, poetry, medical dilemmas, and misconceptions, all through a lens of skepticism. Throughout the book, provocative science examples are provided that guide students to consider facts more critically. The author exposes readers to research methods, science philosophy, critical thinking strategies, mathematics, and history, and urges them to question data and think scientifically. End-of-chapter questions link to interesting content stimulates debate and discussion in the classroom and this engaging, interdisciplinary approach to learning science leads student to real truths behind many natural phenomena.•End-of-chapter review questions creatively stimulate discussion and span all levels of Bloom's taxonomy.•The text makes science accessible to a broad range of readers and covers all of the key areas needed for a full understanding of science.•Questions stimulate debate and discussion and cover science philosophy, history, mathematics, education, research methods, and critical thinking strategies.•Provides models of reasoning and guidelines and practice activities for thinking critically.•Presents major themes common to all scientific disciplines in a clear and readable manner for undergraduates

Preface
Introduction
A Story of Science
What Is Science?
The Nature of Science
Interrelated Sciences
Characteristics of Science
Relations Between Science and Society
Thought Questions
Science Changes
Spontaneous Generation
Science as Inquiry
Dichotomies
The Philosophy of Science
Introduction
Early Philosophical Underpinnings
Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to Argumentation
Evaluating Scientific Research-Argumentation Analysis
Typology of Argumentation
Rhetorical vs. Dialogic Argumentation
Positivism
Modern Branching of the Philosophy of Science
Post-Positivism
Relativism
Realism
Scientific Research
Introduction
Observation and Selection of a Problem
Hypotheses
Scientific Investigations
Experimentation
Sampling
Bias
Data Analysis
Quantitative Analysis
Qualitative Analysis
Results
Discussion
Scientific Modeling
Nonexperimental Research
Analyzing Research: The Incredible Potato
Math Gives Science Power
Introduction
Hypotheses and Statistical Error
Measures of Central Tendency
Analysis of Distributions
Statistical Tests I: The Correlation
Deception and Correlation
Statistical Tests II: Comparing Group Means
The History of Science
Introduction
Aristotelian Views
Ancient Disagreement Discovered
Changing Viewpoints
The Copernican Revolution
A New Physics
The Birth of Newtonian Physics
Revolution Spreads
The Enlightenment
Bridging to the Twenty-First Century
Rosalind Franklin and DNA
Breakthroughs to "Smaller" Science
Science and Society
Factors Driving the Interaction Between Science and Society
Positivist Perspective
Social Constructivist Perspective
Personal Responsibility and Conscience
Ethical Dilemmas
Human vs. Natural Law
Proximate vs. Ultimate Causation
Are Humans Inherently Good or Bad?
Scientific Rewards
Scientists Are Their Own Society
Peer Review
Rewards
Becoming a Scientist
Scientific Integrity vs. Pseudosciences
Honesty
Pseudoscience
More Popular Pseudoscience
Less Popular Pseudoscience
Psychological Causes and Implications of Pseudosciences
An Age of Optimism
Major Controversies in Science Progression
Short Timers
Science as Solutions
Rapid Advances in the Early Twentieth Century
Deceleration
Less Optimism
The Next Big Innovative Revolution
Roadblocks to Science
STEM Drives the Economy
Societal Challenges to STEM
International Comparisons
Improving Science Education
Critical Reasoning as the Main Threat to Science
Defining Reasoning
Current Science Teaching and Reasoning
Reasoning and Impacts on Science Learning
Theories of Reasoning Development in the Science Classroom
Research Studies on Reasoning and Instruction
Teaching Critical Thinking
Improving Reasoning
What Is Critical Thinking?
Critical Thinking Strategies
Affective Strategies
Cognitive Strategies
How to Think Critically in Our Society: Facebook Study
Media's Role in Critical Evaluation
A Modem Synthesis
Earthquakes
Science as an Integrated Paradigm
Tracing Themes in the Four Sciences: Bringing the Sciences Together
Science Literacy: Things Everyone Should Know in the Sciences
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Geology
Teaching Science as an Integrated Subject
College Science Standards
Science Education: The Need for Good People in Science
Introduction
The High School/College Science Divide
The State of Science Teaching
Instruction and the "Chilly Climate Hypothesis"
Personal Contact with Faculty
Women and Underrepresented Minority Groups in Science
Differing STEM Faculty Expectations for Success
Epistemological Assumptions
The Need for Change
Science at Risk
Introduction
The Fall of U.S. Dominance in STEM Areas
The Rise of the Rest
Future of Science Progress in the Twenty-First Century
Improvements to Science Education Are Our Link to Success
Recommendations
Glossary
Index

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