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Debunking Misconceptions Using Unusual Resources
I ran across the following article:
To me something like this article read by middle school students or higher might start a wonderful discussion about real science. It is amazing what students read and accept as 'real science'. In the past in my physics classes I would ask students to pick an article from the "Enquirer" and debunk the bad science.
What do you think of this technique to get at student misconceptions about 'real-world' science. Hope you enjoy the article. it made me laugh.
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I am sorry I am just now noticing your thread, Adah. I loved the article. It reminded me of when I had a student tell me I was wrong about the U.S. not having explored Mars firsthand yet. She said she had just seen the Movie, "Mission to Mars"! I agree with you that being discerning readers and being able to separate fact from fiction is definitely something to incorporate into our course content.
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There's a website, I believe it's called "Blick's Flicks" that uses physics to debunk many TV and movie errors. My favorite is in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. A plane is going down so Dr. Jones inflates a life raft, three people board and ride out of the airplane through the atmosphere, land smoothly on a snow covered mountain, glide down the mountain with no mishap, and finally slide into the water of a river. All this while still having all persons and their packs on board.
There is also a column, in The Science Teacher periodically that discusses the same kinds of phenomena.
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