Scientific thinking is:

  • purposeful thinking that has the objective to enhance knowledge
  • intrinsically linked to the skills of working scientifically.

A scientific thinker:

  • raises questions and problems
  • observes and gathers data
  • draws conclusions based on evidence
  • tests conclusions
  • thinks with an open mind
  • communicates research findings appropriately.

It can be helpful to conceptualise scientific thinking as the thinking that students engage in throughout the process of working scientifically.

Scientific thinking video (6:41) explains scientific thinking using the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus. A Stage 3 example shows teachers how students could use scientific thinking to solve a problem.

Transcript of 'Scientific thinking'

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