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Fact or Faux?

Just Because It Sounds Plausible, Doesn’t Mean It’s True

The Science Teacher—March/April 2024 (Volume 91, Issue 2)

By Jonathan Osborne

Plausible scientific arguments abound. Those who wish to deceive often weave a tangled web of plausible scientific arguments to support their case. What can the science teacher do to prevent their students being duped? Given that many of the claims are scientific – which says something about the importance of scientific authority in our culture – science education must surely stand at the forefront of building students’ capacity to detect the true from the flawed – but seemingly plausible argument. Fact or faux? Equipping students to navigate the maze of misinformation, though, needs clarity about the challenge and clarity about the methods.

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