Research and Teaching: Persisting Misconceptionsby: Gladys M. Nazario, Patricia A. Burrowes, and Julio Rodriguez

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A content-based test instrument administered to a large class of general biology students as pre- and post-tests revealed that knowledge was gained after the semester. A misconception index calculated from these data served to identify specific misconceptions that persisted after the course. Most misconceptions are related to material that is complex, irrelevant to the students, or conflicting between plant and animal morphology and physiology.

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