Point of View: The Color of Bloodby: Jane Metty

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This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month’s issue discusses teacher and student misconceptions related to blood and other science information.

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  • on Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:15 PM

This is a very useful method to identify a commonly held misconceptions among one's students and then use evidence to help students dispel that misconception. This method could be used not only to clear up why students think deoxygenated blood is blue, but also other types of misconceptions within the science disciplines. The author was quite sensitive not to single anyone out and embarrass them. What a useful explanation and one I will use with my students to ensure they do not graduate with the same misunderstanding.

Ruth Lehmann Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Lehmann Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Tue May 07, 2013 12:43 PM

For those familiar with Page Keeley's work the use of misconceptions as springboards for instruction is not new. The author's experience suggests, however that there is more to do in teaching pre-service teachers the value of using eliciting misconceptions as an instructional tool. The piece is well researched.


  • on Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:25 PM

A science methods instructor shares an observation she made about her preservice teachers and their misconception about the color of blood. She was surprised to find out that the majority of her students shared the same misconception. As a result of her discovery she suggests that teacher preparation programs might want to address the needs of our teachers as they relate to exposing and addressing misconceptions.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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