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Attention Rule Followers!

Novare Biology, Chemistry, Experiments, Physics

Your hang-up is ruining your kid’s science experiments by Jeffrey Mays Let’s face it. Many homeschooling parents (and classroom teachers) are consummate rule followers. After all, stable society is built on rules, right? The rule of law, and so on? Without rules, we descend into beasts. And we exemplify rule following if for no other reason than out of the …

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Why are our lab experiments so complicated?

Novare Biology, Chemistry, Experiments, Physical Science

Lab Experiments and the Goals of Science Education by John D. Mays Most science educators agree that labs are an essential part of any science course. However, the goals of the laboratory work differ significantly between the different scientific disciplines. For courses in life science, earth science, and general biology, the goals of the laboratory component are most often descriptive, …