Understanding and Using Scientific Evidence: How to Critically Evaluate Data / Edition 1

Understanding and Using Scientific Evidence: How to Critically Evaluate Data / Edition 1

by Richard Gott, Sandra Duggan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761970843

ISBN-13: 9780761970842

Pub. Date: 10/09/2003

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The basic understanding which underlies scientific evidence - ideas such as the structure of experiments, causality, repeatability, validity and reliability- is not straightforward. But these ideas are needed to judge evidence in school science, in physics or chemistry or biology or psychology, in undergraduate science, and in understanding everyday issues to do

Overview

The basic understanding which underlies scientific evidence - ideas such as the structure of experiments, causality, repeatability, validity and reliability- is not straightforward. But these ideas are needed to judge evidence in school science, in physics or chemistry or biology or psychology, in undergraduate science, and in understanding everyday issues to do with science.

It is essential to be able to be critical of scientific evidence. The authors clearly set out the principles of investigation so that the reader will be confident in questioning the experts, making an informed choice or arriving at in informed opinion. The book is intended for a wide range of readers including those who want to:

} collect their own evidence

} be able to question and judge a wide range of science-based issues that we come across in the press or other media in everyday life

} teach others how to understand evidence.

This book has been developed from the authors' work with first year undergraduates in a combined science course and in primary teacher training for science specialists. It is suitable for students training as primary science specialists, and also for 'A' level and first-year undergraduates in science and science-related subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761970842
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/09/2003
Series:
One-Off Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Design of a Simple Investigation
Different Types of Variables
Other, and More Complex, Designs
Making the Best Use of Tables and Graphs
What do the Data Mean?
Are the Measurements Good Enough?
Samples and Populations
Lots of Measurements
Data as Part of Evidence

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