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ERIC Number: EJ1016057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
"All Flying Insects with Big, Beautiful Wings are Butterflies!" A Study in Challenging This Misconception
Tsoi, Kwok-Ho
School Science Review, v95 n350 p99-104 Sep 3013
This study investigated the level of understanding among student teachers in differentiating lepidopterans. It adopted a constructive approach to promoting conceptual change in students on the issue of animal classification by generating cognitive conflict. Most of the students used inaccurate morphological traits for identification, such as wing colouration and pattern, resulting in a low mean score of 49.7% in the pre-test. After the constructive learning intervention, they achieved a score of 79.7% in the post-test, revealing the effectiveness of the approach. Gender differences in performance were not correlated with negative attitudes towards the insects. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong
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