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Titre du document / Document title

Testing Murphy's law: urban myths as a source of school science projects = Tester la loi de Murphy : les mythes urbains à l'origine de projets scientifiques à l'école

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

MATTHEWS Robert A. J. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Information Engineering, Aston University, Birmingham, ROYAUME-UNI

Résumé / Abstract

Demonstrations that science and its methods have applications beyond the laboratory form a crucial part of any scientific education. The investigation of urban myths can provide a rich source of stimulating projects demonstrating the uses of the scientific method beyond its usual settings. This article discusses the specific case of Murphy's Law of Toast, the urban myth that states: 'If toast can land butter-side down, it will do'. Investigating the truth - or otherwise - of this notorious alleged phenomenon was the basis of a nationwide schools science project conducted by the author in collaboration with the Department for Education and Employment and a commercial sponsor. The project motivated discussion and use of key scientific processes, and inspired many pupils to go beyond the prescribed experiments, testing their own hypotheses. Other urban myths suitable for similar investigations are discussed.

Revue / Journal Title

School science review    ISSN  0036-6811   CODEN SSCRAD 

Source / Source

2001, vol. 83, no302, pp. 23-28 (8 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Association for Science Education, Hatfield, ROYAUME-UNI  (1919) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Myth

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Primary Education

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Probabilities

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Great Britain

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Science Education

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Mythe

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Enseignement primaire

;

Probabilités

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Grande-Bretagne

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Education scientifique

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Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 24757, 35400009639031.0010

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 14199252



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