The incorrect (widespread and traditionally believed by many to be the way of scientific method) view of scientific method proceeds in the following stages:
(1) Observations and Experiments
(2) Inductive generalizations
(3) Hypothesis (theory)
(4) Attempted verification
(5) Proof or disproof
The correct method (as elucidated by Sir Karl Popper) is as follows:
(1) Problem (due to conflict of observation with existing theory or a priori expectations)
(2) Proposed solution (new theory)
(3) Deductions of testable propositions – i.e. consequences of a new theory
(4) Tests – i.e. attempted refutations by observations and experiments. There are other additional criterion that can falsify a new (proposed theory)…e.g. contradiction, conflict, ad-hoc hypotheses that reduces testability of a theory and so on.
(5) Preference established ( A better theory) between competing theories.