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ERIC Number: EJ1011757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Point of View: The Color of Blood
Metty, Jane
Journal of College Science Teaching, v42 n5 p8-10 May 2013
While circulating the room during a classroom activity where preservice teachers are required to teach a mini-lesson to their classmates, Jane Metty's ear was drawn to one particular group where a student asked, "What color is blood?"--and heard the student teacher confidently answer, "Blue." She then began to wonder where this common misconception originated, and how widespread this belief is. Using this popular misconception in Science classrooms as an example, this article addresses the broader concept of misconceptions in general, among teachers and students, and how students come to develop those misconceptions. Described are 3 research supported, primary ways in which misconceptions are perpetuated: (1) From everyday observation; (2) From diagrams and writings in text books; and (3) Communications between people. While performing a review of available literature on misconceptions, the author discovered that there has been relatively little new research in this area. The author poses the following questions: (1) Are the commonly-held student and teacher misconception of the 1970s and 1980s the same today?; and (2) What advances in cognition research have been made since those studies were published that would be useful in addressing student and teacher misconceptions in today's classrooms. In summary, the author proposes that perhaps the list of commonly held student misconceptions is consistent with those held by teachers, and that teachers are unintentionally perpetuating them. The article concludes by suggesting that the time has reasonably come for educators to consider what preservice teachers need to know in terms of content and pedagogy to be effective and accurate in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A