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Published in Honors in Practice, volume 2. Copyright 2006 National Collegiate Honors Council.


Students explore the logic of science by examining the language and writing about science, using various thinking-writing exercises to stimulate their research. While hearing lectures about fundamental scientific principles and analyzing knowledge structures of scientific discourse, students write cause-and- effect explanations of a variety of phenomena by building them up from first principles; science essays are developed using standard rhetorical devices of scientific discourse. Small-group exercises include “work shopping” each student’s writing regarding tone, clarity, fluidity, and accuracy. Twenty-three students enroll in this course.