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I recently read a journal article* that spurred my curiosity. The author stated, "Individuals often hold a simplistic, hierarchical view of the relationship between theories and laws whereby theories become laws depending on the availibility of supporting evidence." He added, "theories and laws are different kinds of knowledge and one can not develop or be transformed into the other" and, "theories are as legitimate a product of science as laws." Throughout my years of undergraduate and graduate education, I have been taught this "hierarchical view" of theories and laws. As a former biology professor and current teacher of secondary education, I need to know, "What is the difference between a theory and a law?" and more importantly, CAN a theory eventually become a law based on supporting evidence? I need these questions answered in order to produce "scientifically literate" citizens, I would surley hate to continue misleading my students. *Lederman, N.G. 1998. The state of science education: subject matter without context. The Electronic Journal of Science. 3(2).
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