Using the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking in Science



hi I'm Amanda Davis and we're in thing cup studios today and we are talking about science and specifically how the nine critical thinking traits fit into that subject so today we're here with LaDonna and she's actually one of our educators but her title here is actually lead product manager and she's worked in a lot of our products but one specifically is our science products so before we get started I just want to make sure that our audience knows how do people study science science is a branch of knowledge and it looks at observations and it uses very detailed descriptions it uses experimental investigations to study the world around us now the history of science takes us to a point where scientists yes they studied the world around them but they also investigated things that were much smaller than what the unaided eye could see they looked up into the sky and saw things in the universe that were so far away that you know we needed instruments to see that so science has looked at the world at many different levels and it's just that base of knowledge that encompasses all of science well as you're like describing this I do see science as something that's an experience something bigger than outside the classroom and you know how do you see students learning about science and experiencing science by using the nine critical thinking traits or even just critical thinking in general critical thinking is kind of one of those basis fundamental ideas that you have to have in order to study science scientists they have to be inquisitive they have to want to go and seek answers to questions that there are no answers to and to be available and to be ready to take that risk and to make mistakes and failures but then to just keep trying and trying Thomas Edison is a good example there were more than a thousand light bulbs before he got the one with the right filament to have that incandescent light bulb so it's about just knowing that you have to keep trying and that's what our nine traits of critical thinking are giving all kinds of options of ways to think about something in different ways and that is really what science requires when you're saying the story about Edison it makes me think of just that critical thinking trait of strive like I think for myself like could I have done it that many times before I found out a way to do it and I just shows me in science you just have to have that trait you have to strive through problems and not see like where you get to a dead-end that it's done which i think is such a great skill for our kids to have but I can't think of that one but maybe you can help me with a few more let's just say like collaborate is how to use collaboration that's one of the nine critical thinking traits how do you use that in science why is that an important skill well collaboration is sometimes misunderstood collaboration is not just working with a group of people another person it's really working together for a better outcome and so that's why collaboration is an important piece in science is that we have to collaborate with scientists maybe in the same room together information but also they may need to gather information or take information from another scientist and integrate it together so the end result is something better than just one person could come up with and think up science products we really try to hone in on that skill of working together and to maybe if they're designing an experiment or they're working with others we do multiple iterations of something so they can see get feedback and improve feedback and improve so that's what we want to see is that the end result of working together improves that outcome and they get a better result okay I'm gonna that was a great explanation so I'm gonna hit you with another one how about examine how is that used in science examine is really it's kind of multi fold in science so examine you want to look and analyze something very deeply and so that that's just by nature what scientists do but another part of it and scientists we have to know what tools to use in order to get those results so need to know what all the tools are available to say measure volume you could use a beaker a test tube you could use a graduated cylinder all different types of tools but you need to know which one to use to get the result that we're looking at so that so examine has many levels so it is to look close and get some details and information but for us it goes a step further there's materials and tools that you need to use to actually do that yeah that's I think that's why I like science the most is all the tools that I got to use in my classroom when I was a student um last one how about inquire how to use that skill specifically so inquire looks at someone seeking out information that inspires their learning and piques their curiosity well that's the definition of what a scientist does a scientist looks for what excites them and then they're going to try to figure out well let me ask a question about it they're going to design an experiment they're gonna gather results but sometimes the results they get it's not a conclusion that they draw it's actually more questions that they answer and that's what Inquirer is all about is continuing to ask questions gather more information and that's how we know so much about the world around us and the world beyond is because scientists continue from history all the way through current day and in the future they're going to continue to keep asking questions thank you so much for joining us here at the studio I think we can see very clearly that science itself lends itself to the nine critical thinking traits so thank you so much LaDonna and thanks for joining us

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