Standard #: SC.6.N.2.3


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Recognize that scientists who make contributions to scientific knowledge come from all kinds of backgrounds and possess varied talents, interests, and goals.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 6
Body of Knowledge: Nature of Science
Big Idea: 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.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

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Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.6.N.1.In.3 Identify that scientists can use different kinds of experiments, methods, and explanations to find answers to scientific questions.
SC.6.N.2.Su.3 Recognize contributions of well-known scientists.
SC.6.N.2.Pa.2 Recognize a scientist as a person who works with science.


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