Science is messy. Yet many students think science is a bunch of facts and/or experiments always work. I loved the #overlyhonestmethods hashtag because it gives a glimpse into the reality of experiments.
In my jobs, I get to work with students starting their first science experiment. They are enthusiastic but also a bit intimidated. Not only does it take time to learn to read the previous research but they want to do science ‘right’. Their experience in school has often had one correct method. Plus papers often present rational reasoning and precise protocols so the students expect obvious directions. This can lead to a scientist version of ‘Who’s on first?‘:Read More