STEP OR STAGE #1 of the Scientific
Scientific Method Observation
Curious observation is the start of the inductive process. Discovery of new problems, ideas, theories, decisions needed, and problem prevention usually begin with curious observation using the five senses: smelling, tasting, hearing, feeling, seeing.
Instruments and tools can be used to help extend these senses. Use your sense perceptions and projections visually and mentally. Turn thoughts over and over in your mind. Use reasoning, your imagination, and introspection. Being in the right mood, motivated, and sensitive helps! Train your mind to interpret what you see. Learn to be a problem solver.
Scientific Method Lesson:
Where Does Problem Origination
or Discovery Begin?
The answer is "no particular place." Some of the more
typical instances are:
- Things that you feel might fill a need - or that irritate or perplex you.
- Previous experience - You have some thing or theory to investigate.
- Need project - Looking or brainstorming for problems or fields to investigate.
- Triggered interest - You decide to investigate as a result of surprise, chance, accidental discovery, observation, illumination, serendipity, reading, experimenting, reflective thinking, or clue. It may also result from a combination of events and things.
- Assigned, suggested, or thrust - A specific problem or field to pursue.
- Recognition of potential trouble - Preventive investigation required.
- Solution of one problem - This often reveals other problems.
Scientific Method Observation:
What Should You Be Seeking
and Be Sensitive To?
- Any of the above. Stay alert. Develop recognition skills. Be persistent.
- Problems worthy of solution, practical to investigate new fertile fields.
- Ordinary things to be examined in a new way and with new meaning.
- Other scientific method observations, such as:
||"Thorns in flesh"
||Listen to others
Curious Observation in Scientific Method
Also Involves Other Thinking Skills