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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Life sciences--Study and teaching (Middle school);

Abstract

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.

Year of Submission

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jean S. Schneider

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Date Original

2011

Object Description

1 PDF file (iv, 60 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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