Science Teaching Series

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I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

Domain 3. Science and Society

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Candidates understand that science relies on basic human qualities such as reasoning, insight, curiosity,
skill, and creativity – as well as on scientific habits of mind such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of
ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas. Candidates recognize

3.1 Science Literacy

a. Recognize that science attempts to make sense of how the natural and the designed world function
b. Demonstrate the ability to apply critical and independent thinking to weigh alternative explanations of events
c. Apply evidence, numbers, patterns, and logical arguments to solve problems
d. Understand that, although much has been learned about the objects, events and phenomena in nature, there are many unanswered questions, i.e., science is a work in progress
e. Know that the ability of science and technology to resolve societal problems depends on the scientific literacy of a society

3.2 Diversity

a. Identify examples of women and men of various social and ethnic backgrounds with diverse interests, talents, qualities and motivations who are, or who have been, engaged in activities of science and related fields

3.3 Science, Technology, and Society

a. Identify and evaluate the impact of scientific advances on society
b. Recognize that scientific advances may challenge individuals to reevaluate their personal beliefs
(Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, Grades 9-12, Investigation and Experimentation: 1m,1n)

3.4 Safety

a. Choose appropriate safety equipment for a given activity (e.g., goggles, apron, vented
b. Discuss the safe use, storage, and disposal of commonly used chemicals and biological
c. Assess the safety conditions needed to maintain a science laboratory (e.g., eye wash,
shower, fire extinguisher)
d. Read and decode MSDS/OSHA (Material Safety Data Sheet/Occupational Safety and
Health Administration) labels on laboratory supplies and equipment
e. Discuss key issues in the disposal of hazardous materials in either the laboratory or the
local community
f. Be familiar with standard safety procedures such as those outlined in the Science Safety
Handbook for California Schools (1999)