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Cell Phone Use and Cancer

A Case Study to Explore the Scientific Method


Author(s)

Wilma V. Colon Parrilla
Biological Sciences
University of Puerto Rico
wvcolon@uprrp.edu

Abstract

In this case study, students analyze a scientific study, first by analyzing news articles reporting on the research and then by reading the original research article. In working through the case, students identify the basic elements of a scientific study; evaluate the study and offer suggestions for improvement; analyze the appropriateness of the headlines of news articles in relation to their content; and compare the accuracy of information offered to the public in a news article with the information presented in a scientific paper. Designed for an introductory course in biological sciences for non-majors, the case could be used in any course that includes the study of the scientific method as well as in a scientific journalism course.


Objectives

  • Identify the basic elements of a scientific research study.
  • Evaluate a scientific study and offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Analyze the appropriateness of the headlines of news articles in relation to their content.
  • Compare the accuracy of information offered to the public in a news article with the information presented in a scientific paper.
  • Appreciate the nature of science and how science affects our lives.

Keywords

Mobile phones; low level RF; long-term exposure; radiofrequency energy; radio waves and health; electromagnetic fields and public health; acoustic neuroma; tumor growth;

Topical Areas

Scientific argumentation, Scientific method, Science and the media

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Discussion, Interrupted, Journal Article

Language

English

Subject Headings

Biology (General)  |   Science (General)  |   Public Health  |   Journalism  |  


Date Posted

12/5/2006

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Comments


Clayton Faivor
cfaivor@ellsworth.k12.mi.us
Science Teacher
Ellsworth Community School
Ellsworth, MI
11/04/2010
I used this case in my Physics class. I found out about these cases from my college professor. My high school students really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I can't wait to use other studies that I find on your site.

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