Why would you want to analyze how scientists write…. don’t they just report their hypotheses and experimental results? Not at all, argues Alan Gross; beneath the veneer of objectivity resides a fierce struggle to gain followers for a particular viewpoint or to claim precedence for a discovery. How scientists go about convincing their contemporaries, and controlling them via peer review, is an integral part of developing consensus. Many physics instructors in high schools believe that rhetoric ought to be a part of high school science. In this seminar, we shall look at the process of rhetoric in science and how to motivate students to think about science (and how to think), and how they then communicate their convictions into academic arguments.
Paul Ziegler is a math and physics teacher at Trinity Academy of Raleigh. A teacher for forty years, Mr. Ziegler still enjoys the profession, the students, and the challenge of finding new ways to empower students to think independently.