Learning Goal: I’m working on a population health writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
Reflection Post Details
A Closer Look At Scientific Inquiry
Scientific inquiry shows students how to investigate, constructing their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. It also helps them develop talents such as raising questions, collecting data, reasoning, reviewing evidence and drawing conclusions. (The Science Teacher, n.d.).
The National Research Council (Links to an external site.) says that inquiry helps the learner engage in scientifically oriented questions which sparks curiosity, it gives priority to evidence in responding to questions, it helps formulate explanations from evidence, it connects explanations to scientific knowledge and finally, helps the student to communicate and justify explanations. Scientific inquiry is still important even if you’re not a scientist. It is a process that is used in our daily life, in the simplest tasks that we do, such as: cooking, budgeting or making health related decisions.
What is a Hypothesis?
It is a testable statement or prediction about what you expect to happen during a research or study. (Cherry, 2020). A hypothesis should be formulated after conducting a background research and seeing previous studies, then it should be tested by experiments that will allow you to draw a conclusion on whether your hypothesis was correct or not.
Is a Hypothesis Always Right?
A hypothesis does not always have to be correct. The purpose of your whole research is to determine whether your prediction is right or wrong. After conducting your research and testing your theory, you may find that the results do not support your original hypothesis. In this case, it doesn’t mean that you have failed, but you should publish your results because it can be helpful for others later when they are conducting the same research. (Cherry, Forming a Good Hypothesis for Scientific Research, 2020).
Example of a hypothesis:
One question that you might ask yourself is: Why are people in my community not doing physical activities?
After defining the problem, you look at previous studies and research about the same problem. You find for example that for this problem the reasons can be that the streets and urban designs are not suitable for walking or biking activities.
After conducting your research, you formulate your hypothesis based on it and on the observations of your neighborhood. For example, your hypothesis might be: If the neighborhood had better zoning, then people would walk and bike.
Steps In Scientific Inquiry
Reflection Post Guidelines
Write a 150-word reflection that addresses the following: (Number Your Answers)
Out of the five health domains we will be researching, which one or two do you think are the biggest health challenges facing your community? Explain why you think so. (For Example: Pedestrian Safety and Risk is the biggest health challenge in my community because walking paths are not maintained and they don’t feel safe. Also lack of features that Promote Physical Activity is another challenge because we only have 2 green spaces and people don’t actively use them in my community. I think these are clear issues based on my data in my City Health Profile as well as my personal experience).
Create a 2-sentence hypothesis, in terms of the 5 health domains we will be observing during observations.
Example Hypothesis: Decreased pedestrian safety and lack of features that promote physical activity are the greatest health challenges facing my community. If pedestrian safety in parks and walking paths are improved and walking paths are regularly maintained in my city, people will increase their physical activity, and the community will become more healthy.
Rubric || Discussions – Module 4 (2)
Rubric || Discussions – Module 4 (2)
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDiscussion Post
15 ptsMeets Expectations
Initial post fully and thoroughly addresses each of the elements in the discussion prompt and is well thought out and substantial.
7.5 ptsNeeds Improvement
Initial post includes some, but not all of the elements listed in the prompt. It contains some substance but could use some improvement. Could offer further insight into the topic and could increase relevance.
0.95 ptsBelow Expectations
Post is off-topic and/or does not thoroughly address discussion prompt. Substantial improvement to content is needed.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLength & Mechanics
5 ptsMeets Expectations
Original post is at least 150 words. Also demonstrates good use of grammar and mechanics.
3.75 ptsNeeds Improvement
Did not meet length requirements for post and responses and/or had minimal grammatical errors.
1.25 ptsBelow Expectations
Many grammatical mistakes and/or significantly shorter length than required.
Total Points: 20