The Department of Basic Education, in its report on the matric Life Sciences NSC exams of 2014, commented on how poorly several key terms in the scientific method are understood. In efforts to remedy this, they have spelled out how they want these terms understood and applied. What follows is an extract from that document.
While it’s lovely to see the DBE making things plain and obvious for all teachers, it is saddening to realise that many teachers probably need this help and assistance, because they don’t understand it, so are not teaching it correctly to their students. Hopefully all Science students (not just in Life Sciences) will take note of this and use this information to their good.