Fire and Ecological Disturbanceby: Michael Dentzau and Victor Sampson

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Misconceptions are not simply factual errors or a lack of understanding, but rather explanations that are constructed based on past experiences (Hewson and Hewson 1988). If students' misconceptions are not directly engaged in the learning process, they may persist—even when faced with instruction to the contrary (Bransford, Brown, and Cocking 1989). This article presents a 5E instructional model to help students overcome misconceptions about fire and its role in ecological succession.

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  • on Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:45 AM

This article provides several activities in which students analyze the effects of fire on the plant life in a wetland ecosystem. It would be a great addition to what I am already using in my high school biology classes' unit about ecology. Fire plays an important role in the life of the prairie ecosystem. This activity would be a nice comparison between ecosystems.

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

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