The process of science is a way of building knowledge about the universe — constructing new ideas that illuminate the world around us. Those ideas are inherently tentative, but as they cycle through the process of science over and over and are retested in different ways, we become increasingly confident in them.
Through this same process, ideas are modified, expanded, and combined into more powerful explanations. For example, a few observations about inheritance patterns in garden peas can — over many years and through the work of many different scientists — be built into the broad understanding of genetics offered by science today. So although the process of science is iterative, ideas do not churn through it repetitively. Instead, the cycle actively serves to construct and integrate scientific knowledge.
Benefits Of Science Education
- Scientific findings benefit society through technological and other innovations.
- Technological innovations lead to new scientific breakthroughs.
- Potential applications may motivate scientific investigations.
A good science education focuses on helping all students gain a solid foundation of core science knowledge and skills. What is essential for a good science education program is: clear and specific learning goals for all students; textbooks and tests that are carefully aligned to those goals; a coherent, well-designed curriculum; teachers who have the resources and skills to teach effectively; and are committed to excellence. With these basics in place, our schools, our teachers, and our students can all succeed.