Remember this summer when I was working on the course design for my new prep on Experimental Design and Data Analysis? We’re now a month into the class, and while it has had its rough moments, I think it will ultimately be quite useful to the students enrolled in it.

I’m currently avoiding grading, so I thought I’d take a moment to show the results of an exercise we did the first week. I gave groups of students two sheets of paper. On one I asked them to diagram the scientific method as they understood it. On the other, I asked them to diagram their experience with how scientific research is really done. After each group had come up with something, we composited the answers on the chalk boards in the classroom.

Here’s what they came up with:

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