[squeakland] Scientific vs informal reasoning

K. K. Subramaniam kksubbu.ml at gmail.com
Mon Jan 10 08:09:21 EST 2011

Ref: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/01/college-upperclassmen-still-

Some quotes:

>Scientific education, then, needs to convince people to move past their
>intuitions (at least if they want a more accurate picture of how the world
>Other problems noted by the authors include the use of energy as a fudge
>factor to make things balance out, and a tendency to substitute a wall of
>scientific terminology for actual understanding.
>the limited improvements that resulted in the targeted interventions used in
>this study show that overcoming the tendency towards informal reasoning can
>be a significant challenge. And the authors don't necessarily know what to
>suggest beyond starting the process early and keeping it a consistent focus
>of the education system.


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