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Re: Evidence and Thinking about Evidence

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Fri, 14 May 1999 16:29:47 -0700 (PDT)

I have been delighted to learn of the many clever projects that have been
concocted to get students involved in exploring the past, finding evidence
for claims about other folks, other times, etc., garbology,
trash-and-treasure, and so on. Many of these projects sound so fun and so
informative I cannot imagine they would fail to be rewarding and
What I would like to suggest is that teachers consider coupling
the exploring-fun and speculation-fun of projects such as these with some
easy lessons about reasoning and evidence for hypotheses, what we can and
can't know, what we can know for sure, and so on.... In short, some of the
rudiments of logical thinking, elements of empirical scientific method,
linking ideas together into hypotheses... the kind of thing that will make
their experience of art reach directly into their experience of other
parts of schooling and of life. If you will go to the artsednet website
and click on Philosophers' Forum, you will find that Marcia and I are
conducting our third "walk" through Trajan's Forum, during which we take
up these very themes. I think you will find some good questions and
suggestions for classroom discussion there. Give it a spin!