Student Projects/Scientific attitude

From Wikiversity
Jump to navigation Jump to search

It can be defined as a way/manner of viewing things, a curiosity to know how and why things happen in this universe with an open mind. According to Gauld and Aukins (2002) is a composite of a number of mental habits/tendencies to react consistently in certain ways to a novel or problematic situation. Rao (1996) stated that the most useful scientific attitudes are - i) open mindedness, ii) critical mindedness, iii) respect for evidence, iv) intellectual honesty, v) willingness to change opinion, vi) search for truth vii) curiosity and viii) rational thinking. Scientific attitudes are important since they lead to identification of facts i.e., facts are fundamental for the construction/formation of concepts, principles and theories. Scientific attitude is an important aspect for a person who wants to be successful in the field of science and it is the most useful outcome of science teaching.