As the science of science education becomes increasingly mainstream, some educators have found it challenging to explain what exactly it means to teach science and how it fits into broader social, political, and economic systems.
While the term “science education” may seem like a benign term, it can be confusing.
Here are five of the most common definitions of science and what it means.1.
“The science of the world.”
This phrase describes the study of science in general.
Scientific theory, theories, data, and methods.
It describes the way scientists test, understand, and apply science.
Scientists, who have been around for thousands of years, have developed tools, theories and techniques that allow them to understand how the world works.2.
“Science in general.”
This is the term used to describe the scientific process that all scientists do to understand and predict the world around them.
Scientists work by analyzing data, collecting, and analyzing information.
These scientists make predictions about the world, such as when the weather will change, what type of foods people like, and whether there will be a drought.
Scientists then use those predictions to understand the conditions that will create those conditions and then to make predictions for those conditions.3.
“Technology in general” or “science as a service.”
This term refers to the process of using technology to understand new and relevant phenomena.
For example, scientists are used to using algorithms to learn about things that have never been studied before, such like how rain can be controlled, or how people like to dress.
But, scientists also have other tools, like computer programs that use data to make educated predictions about how people will react to new experiences.4.
“Social science” or science as a community.
This term describes the research that takes place in social and political systems.
Social science refers to research that is based on data, observations, and observations in different fields, such the social sciences and humanities, including economics, sociology, history, political science, and psychology.5.
This describes the work that is needed to understand what is happening in the world to begin to understand why it happens, such in weather forecasting, the structure of the universe, or the workings of the human mind.
For more on the science behind these terms, read this article from Slate.