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ERIC Number: ED481918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
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High School Students' Preconceptions and Conceptions about Tropical Storm Allison.
Belknap, Julia
Today, many people, with no personal experience of living through a tropical storm, reside in coastal regions in harms way. This population needs to be educated about storm risks. One good venue for this is the public school system. Science educators have concluded it is important to establish a knowledge base about the ways students think and learn in the classroom to design appropriate and effective instructional materials. There is a need to fill the gap in hazards research about students' perceptions and preconceptions about these events. A research study determined high school students' perceptions and preconceptions about tropical storms and the damage they do to coastal communities. The study used Okhee Lee's (1999) research on Hurricane Andrew as a model and augments Lee's results. In-depth interviews, a survey, and class discussions with high school students living in Houston, Texas provided the data. Students, representing a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, vary in their perceptions and preconceptions about tropical storms. The results show perceptions students developed after personal experiences with tropical storm Allison formed most of their general preconceptions about tropical storms. Overall, students' scientific knowledge about tropical storms is poor. (Contains 22 references and 6 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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