Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Life sciences--Study and teaching (Middle school);
Misconceptions and alternative conceptions refer to students' "conceptions that are different from those held by the scientific community" (Sungur, Tekkaya, & Geban, 2001, p. 91). All students have misconceptions due to prior experiences they have had. Students' alternative conceptions are problems for educators because they can block new learning (Sewell, 2002). Therefore, teachers play a crucial role in helping students construct new knowledge upon whatever foundation that already exists. This review of literature examines the findings of research regarding misconceptions, common misconceptions that students have in life science, and how teachers can teach difficult concepts so students are more likely to truly understand what they have learned. The author discusses recommendations for teachers and their school district.
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Jean S. Schneider
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©2011 Jody L. Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Jody L., "Misconceptions in middle school life science and strategies teachers can use to change them" (2011). Graduate Research Papers. 179.