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Editor’s Roundtable: Nurturing Scientific Habits of Mind

Science Scope—September 2009

Science process skills and content knowledge are not enough to produce the scientists and scientifically literate citizens we need in the 21st century. Shared values and dispositions within the science community such as curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism must also be nurtured, modeled, and practiced continuously in science classrooms at all levels until they become deeply entrenched and respected “habits of mind.” This issue of Science Scope has a collection of articles to help you develop some of the scientific habits of mind specifically recommended in Benchmarks for Science Literacy. These articles are highlighted in this month’s column.
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