• Big Idea 2: The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

    A: Scientific knowledge is based on empirical evidence, and is appropriate for understanding the natural world, but it provides only a limited understanding of the supernatural, aesthetic, or other ways of knowing, such as art, philosophy, or religion.

    B: Scientific knowledge is durable and robust, but open to change.

    C: Because science is based on empirical evidence it strives for objectivity, but as it is a human endeavor the processes, methods, and knowledge of science include subjectivity, as well as creativity and discovery.


    Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence.

    Cognitive Complexity/Depth of Knowledge Rating: Moderate



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