The Language Gap – TOK, Language & Sciences

The Language Gap - Word with different meanings to scientists and the public. Click to open.

This GoogleDoc has been doing the rounds this week, based on an AGU article by Callan Bentley. It links well to the “Just a Theory?” Evolution lesson we had a few weeks back, where the basis of much confusion can be rooted in the different uses of a word within and without the scientific context.

Although not an exhaustive or authoritative list of terms, it could be a good discussion starter. It would be good to pick out some of the words we use in our class and compare what we think we know with the ‘public’ and ‘scientific’ definitions.

New posts now should appear on the facebook page and on twitter (@IBiologyStephen, #ibbio).

About Stephen

International Educator: China via Japan, Indonesia & the UK. Director of Innovation in Learning & Teaching. Science educator. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer. MA International Education & current EdD student. Experienced Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator. Interested in curriculum, pedagogy, purposeful EdTech and global competence. Find out more: Science site:

Posted on October 27, 2011, in IBDP Biology, TOK & Pseudoscience and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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