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Lessons on the Basic Theories of Scientific Method
#1 Scientific Method Is the Best of All Knowledge Methods
#2 Value of Method
#3 The Scientific Method Is a General Method
#4 Basic Steps of the Scientific Method
#5 Practical Application of the Scientific Method
Steps or Stages of the Scientific Method – two pages on each
1. Curious Observation
2. Is There a Problem?
3. Goals & Planning
4. Search, Explore, & Gather the Evidence
5. Generate Creative & Logical Alternative Solutions
6. Evaluate the Evidence
7. Make the Educated Guess (Hypothesis)
8. Challenge the Hypothesis
9. Reach a Conclusion
10. Suspend Judgment
12. Creative, Non-Logical, Logical & Technical Methods
13. Procedural Principals & Theories
14. Attributes & Thinking Skills
What Is the Scientific Method?
There are always many general questions about what is the scientific method and the nature of the scientific method. Some of these are:
Guidance for Those Who Ask the Above Questions
These are all somewhat the same.
This entire website provides an answer to these questions. Of special help is my booklet The Scientific Method Today, which explains, describes, introduces, states the purpose, and gives the step or stage order. SM-14 is the most modern scientific method model formula available today.
Scientific Method Definition
Science and the Scientific Method
Today the term science has come to have three major meanings (Source: See
my Research Report #1, “What Is Science?”):
Definition of Scientific Method
A short good definition of scientific method is:
Define Scientific Method
While the method was largely developed by scientists, it is also a general
method for all domains. Thus it is:
The Complete Method of Problem Solving and Decision Making for All Fields
Some Quotations that Support the Above
Campbell (1952): First, science is a body of useful and practical knowledge and a method of obtaining it.
Calder (1962): No, science is not just knowledge; it is knowledge working for its living, correcting itself, and adding to itself. Science, therefore, is a process.
Feibleman (1972): Thus, science serves two human purposes: to know and to do. The former is a matter of understanding, the latter a matter of action.
Nourse (1969) gives this excellent picture of the scientific method:
There is no magic in such a method of finding an answer to a problem. Indeed, it is so simple and logical that all of us, scientists or not, use it to some degree or other every day of our lives in solving everyday problems. It is the time-tested method of telling truth from nonsense and proving it. As such, it is the method that has been used in discovering virtually everything we know about our universe and the way in which it works.