Understanding Scientific Reasoning / Edition 5

Understanding Scientific Reasoning / Edition 5

by Ronald N. Giere, John Bickle, Robert Mauldin
     
 


UNDERSTANDING SCIENTIFIC REASONING develops critical reasoning skills and guides students in the improvement of their scientific and technological literacy. The authors teach students how to understand and critically evaluate the scientific information they encounter in both textbooks and the popular media. With its focus on scientific pedagogy, UNDERSTANDING… See more details below

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UNDERSTANDING SCIENTIFIC REASONING develops critical reasoning skills and guides students in the improvement of their scientific and technological literacy. The authors teach students how to understand and critically evaluate the scientific information they encounter in both textbooks and the popular media. With its focus on scientific pedagogy, UNDERSTANDING SCIENTIFIC REASONING helps students learn how to examine scientific reports with a reasonable degree of sophistication. The book also explains how to reason through case studies using the same informal logic skills employed by scientists and to analyze a complex series of propositions and hypotheses using sound scientific reasoning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780155063266
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
07/13/2005
Edition description:
5TH
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
360,731
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Why Understand Scientific Reasoning? Part I: THEORETICAL HYPOTHESES. 1. Understanding and Evaluating Theoretical Hypotheses. 2. Historical Episodes. 3. Marginal Science. Part II: STATISTICAL AND CAUSAL HYPOTHESES. 4. Statistical Models and Probability. 5. Evaluating Statistical Hypotheses. 6. Causal Models. 7. Evaluating Causal Hypotheses. Part III: KNOWLEDGE, VALUES, AND DECISIONS. 8. Models of Decision Making. 9. Evaluating Decisions.

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