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Paul Grobstein's picture

inquiry skills

Delighted to have Greg contribute to the conversation.  Among the things that struck me, picking up on Ingrid, was the need to have a session on "inquiry skills."  There are methodological practices that have developed in science (among other places) that it would be useful to talk about more generally.  Among them:

  • distinguishing observations from interpretations
  • more and less effective interpretations
  • using interpretations to motivate effective new questions/observations
  • recognizing that interpretations influence observations
  • understanding that randomness plays a role in observations
  • isolating causal factors
  • recognizing that correlation is not equal to causality
  • recognizing the difference between observations implying necessity and those implying sufficiency

Maybe a session for a future institute?

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