Scientific Attitudes in Action

Scientific attitudes are habits of mind that guide ones predisposition to think and act in a certain way when encountering problem solving scenarios (e.g., climate change). Use this blank table to generate a list of actions that would be consistent with each of the scientific attitudes listed. Try to be as specific as possible—perhaps by taking examples from a lecture, debate or video.

 

Scientific Attitude*
Actions
critical-mindedness
 
 
 
 
suspended judgment (restraint)
 
 
 
 
respect for evidence
 
 
 
 
honesty
 
 
 
 
objectivity
 
 
 
 
willingness to change opinions
 
 
 
 
open-mindedness
 
 
 
 
questioning attitude
 
 
 
 
tolerance of uncertainty
 
 
 

 

* Most of the attitudes and characteristics are taken from a list originally compiled by M. A. Nay, J. Kozlow and R. K Crocker. Reference: M. James Kozlow, Marshall A. Nay. (1976) An approach to measuring scientific attitudes. Science Education 60:2, 147-172 (Abstract)