Maria Zapata Perez, Mallika Khullar, Beka Havlinek
Editing Partner: Federico Ramirez
April 3, 2017 - April 10, 2017
AOK Badge: Human Sciences
Responding to Video:
the guy in the video spoke about how most scientific facts and theories are not considered concrete and that they can all be challenged somehow but anyone using the scientific method. I think this point was just proving that things can be challenged.
April 5, 2017
Today we took the quiz for human sciences. I read up in the textbook about the topic and learned about the study of the behaviors of human . I find human sciences pretty interesting although I do love natural sciences as well. What I found interesting was the different ways to study the behaviors of humans.
April 7, 2017
Our group chose to use the reading about the standards of teenagers today using Standardized Tests like the SATs and ACTS. I chose to use this because I myself am a teenager and can identify with the concept of how these standards affect my behavior. This is why I wanted to use this reading.
April 10, 2017
Today I read an article about the standards of SATs and ACTs and how reflective they really are of a human being’s knowledge. We talked about the authenticity of these scores and observations, while contemplating on whether or not they were genuinely a representation of one’s behavior and character. Colleges who are looking for these scores make up their own standards, making score ranges that are allotted to students by number or percentage. This article gave insight on the reliability of observation.
The way humans observe in the human sciences is not the most reliable way of obtaining information. Human sciences is the study of human behavior in a systematic way. Using this systematic measurement, scientists who take part in observations may not take into account the different aspects of one’s behavior and personality. One can even ask: if observation is such an important characteristic of the study of human sciences, why does it or does it not show accurate reflection of a human being? An article published by NPR Houston Public surfaced a conducted study about the standardized tests of America (SAT and ACT) by questioning the validity and accuracy of the standards presented and how students attempt to meet them. These interviewers came to the conclusion that standardized tests are not an accurate representations of a human’s complex and varying intelligence. NPR based their conclusion on the diversified students. Diversity is one of the main things that greatly affect the concept of observation, which is why the accuracy of observation may not be as it seems. Though observation may be seen as a way to gather and comprehend information, it can only be helpful to such an extent that it provides basic information of a group of similar personas.
This TED Talk focuses on Standardized testing. I found this interesting because it revolves around the tests teenagers like me take everyday. Bob Sternberg discusses the bad things about these tests and their very limited representation of students' behavior.