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Lessons on the Basic Theories of Scientific Method
#1 Scientific Method Is the Best of All Knowledge Methods
#2 Value of Method
#3 The Scientific Method Is a General Method
#4 Basic Steps of the Scientific Method
#5 Practical Application of the Scientific Method
Steps or Stages of the Scientific Method – two pages on each
1. Curious Observation
2. Is There a Problem?
3. Goals & Planning
4. Search, Explore, & Gather the Evidence
5. Generate Creative & Logical Alternative Solutions
6. Evaluate the Evidence
7. Make the Educated Guess (Hypothesis)
8. Challenge the Hypothesis
9. Reach a Conclusion
10. Suspend Judgment
12. Creative, Non-Logical, Logical & Technical Methods
13. Procedural Principals & Theories
14. Attributes & Thinking Skills
Lessons on the Scientific Method:
Note: The above attributes also describe a person with wisdom as well as good judgment.
Complex decisions should normally be put through all the steps or stages of the scientific method. However, a shorter formula is needed for:
Many of the progressive authors of books on the scientific method offer formulas that range from three steps or stages to eight or more. The trouble is that for widespread teaching of scientific method we need a short formula suitable as a standard. It should also be an abbreviated version of a complex formula such as SM-14.
Here is one that I recommend. Commit it to memory and use it often.
4-Step Short Model
of the Scientific Method
|Brief Description||Step or
|Alternatives||(Search and generate)||#5|
|Evaluate||(Based on evidence select best)||#6|
|Challenge||(Check to be sure it is best)||#8|
Your ability to be successful in using the abbreviated model depends on knowing how to use the full model. So study the SM-14 model for the scientific method.
Coming up next is two pages of detail about each step or stage and about each supporting ingredient.