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How can I debunk Dr. Sandra Scarr's theory specifying a range across passive,...

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msbandrfj | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM via web

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How can I debunk Dr. Sandra Scarr's theory specifying a range across passive, evocative, and active levels of genetic-environment interaction?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM (Answer #2)

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You need to determine what it is in her theory with which you disagree, and then determine what it is you believe to be true. Your opinion, however, is worthless if  you cannot prove it with facts, statistics, and etc. In addition, you will need to find other, peer reviewed materials that support your theory. If those sources are out there, wonderful. Don’t forget, however, that you will probably have to contradict others who support Dr. Sandra Scarr. Just because you disagree, or others disagree, this does not mean you are correct. You cannot ignore the valid support of her work (if it is out there). It is possible that you and she both have valid points to make.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM (Answer #3)

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To debunk a theory, you have to examine the facts supporting it. Are the facts realistic? Are they reasonable? Do you disagree with any of them? Once you've done that, you can use the discrepancies in the theory to debunk it.

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