The goal for this lesson is to have students reflect on the roles of scientific and other types of inquiry.
The activity Here Kitty, Kitty is a good way to begin this topic. It explores scientific and non-scientific ways of seeing as possible parts of a complex whole, rather than their being at odds with one another. In this way, this activity prompts students to think about how different disciplines and different questions help us see the world in different ways.
After this activity, you could lead a discussion focused on whether students in the class identify more strongly with the arts and humanities or with STEM disciplines, making space for students to articulate:
You could extend this theme by having students read more on the subject. Following are suggestions from which you might choose an appropriate excerpt for your class:
There are many possibilities apart from those suggested above. Texts that critically discuss the contributions of science to culture work well. Consider putting students into groups and assigning different texts to each group. Student groups can work through their texts and then report to the class.Download all files for this topic