SHiPS Resource Center ||   Guide for the Initiate
New to history and nature of science in science teaching?
Here is some orientation.

History, sociology and other studies of science are great windows into the nature of science. They both motivate students and help them interpret the science they encounter in public policy and personal decision-making. How does one begin?

First, consider "History as a Tool"
. . . an introduction to the values of using history in science teaching in various ways

Consider, too, "How Not to Teach History in Science"
. . . a perspective on recognizing and avoiding common pitfalls

For more orientation to the "nature of science" itself, see recommended reading
. . . from beginning level to deeper reflections.

Peruse some of the modules already assembled by your peers.

If you're eager to profile a concept or episode of discovery yourself, check a basic "How To" guide
. . . Then refer to the Reference section of the Resource Center for assembling raw materials.

Review common sources of "Scientific Myth-Conceptions"
. . . on the nature of story-telling and its implicit lessons

Consider the various themes listed under the "Development" section of the Resource Center:
women and gender, religion, culture, and ethics.


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