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*
suspended judgment (restraint)
respect for evidence
willingness to change opinions
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)