· If starting without a reading, ask the teacher-learners to list what it is that is left after taking a science course when all standard science content is forgotten. Have students work in small groups and report on the results of their discussions.
· Introduce the concept and definition of scientific attitudes. Review the list of scientific attitudes and define scientific attitudes as predispositions to think and act in a certain way. Use the Word and/or PowerPoint Scientific Attitudes documents available on the bottom of the webpage listed above.
· Complete the Scientific Attitudes Exercise from the link on the Scientific Attitudes webpage located as indicated above.
· Discuss the kind of world we would live in if all citizens had a thorough grounding in scientific attitudes.
· Get specific and talk about a scientific problem such as climate change. How many people do you talk to who have made up their mind, are not open-minded, show no respect for evidence, or have no tolerance for uncertainty? As an exercise use a empty table that lists scientific attitudes and ask students in groups to list a series of actions
that would result from using these attitudes (habits of mind) to address the debate on climate change. An empty table (to be used for any such exercise) is provided on the website located as described above. The webpage and file is called Scientific Attitudes in Action
· Discuss how scientific attitudes could be
o added to the structure of a curriculum
o gradually introduced as a curriculum of scientific attitudes
o added to your course outline and outcomes
o promoted in the classroom and in the laboratory
o taught as subject matter in and around the classroom
o assessed in the classroom and in the laboratory.
· Print a poster that lists scientific attitudes and draw students’ attention to this poster—once per class period or, at least, once per week.