Science Sampler: Why we have seasons and other common misconceptionsby: Joan Lindgren

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The video, A Private Universe, engages students in the ideas regarding alternative conceptions. This video is effective in capturing preservice teachers’ attention and altering their own beliefs regarding alternative conceptions, especially as they relate to “the reason for the seasons.” The video makes clear how prevalent alternative conceptions are, how resistant to change such notions can be, and the tenacity with which learners hold these conceptions. This article describes how the author, an assistant professor, utilized this film to address preservice teachers' misconceptions as well as those of their future students.

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  • on Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:39 AM

Anyone who has taught science understands that students bring to science class alternative conceptions that they have formulated and use to explain the world around them. As science teachers it is our job to help them reconstruct correct understanding of science. This article describes a video and how it can be used for preservice teachers in a science methods course. The video can be found free at the following website: Regardless if you use it or not it is worth viewing yourself or with a group of your colleagues.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:28 PM

This article details a program for pre-service teachers that provided awareness of common student misconceptions in science. The article focuses first on identifying misconceptions and then on strategies for changing misconceptions.

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

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