Covid and why we need to teach the scientific method

Posted in Teaching on November 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“I’ve been teaching budding scientist for over thirty years now and while I love the idea of choice (I was always fond of UCD’s Horizon project) I’ve always been wary of students becoming Jacks of all Trades and masters of none. So, I reject the idea of STEM as a ‘thing’. Furthermore since my entire career has involved teaching on a course that seeks to integrate biology and bioprocess engineering, I know something about how hard it is to integrate subjects, especially subjects that have very different signature pedagogies …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 18 November]

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Scientific Method in Decline?

Posted in Research on December 30th, 2010 by steve

“… Science is a human enterprise. Mistakes get made. Biases exist. And yet, amazingly, science still works, which is really the only justification for its existence. Science is still the most powerful approach for manipulating and predicting the physical world, period …” (more)

[The Finch and Pea, 29 December]