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13 years ago
Nancy J. Pelaez
I am amazed that scientists argue about what can or cannot be considered a hypothesis. Jerry Pine at CalTech suggests that elementary school teachers should not have students develop hypotheses because the students get the wrong idea when they have to contrive the predictions teachers call hypotheses. Currently, the federal research grant money demands hypothesis-driven research. This usually means that the experiment is designed to investigate relationships between an independent and dependent variables. This resource takes the conservative approach and supports that view of the hypothesis. Explore here, and you may begin to think that while a hypothesis is an educated guess, not all educated guesses are hypotheses. Perhaps we should open this discussion between teachers and scientists!
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