ERIC Number: EJ1069065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
An Investigation into the Prevalence of Ecological Misconceptions in Upper Secondary Students and Implications for Pre-Service Teacher Education
Butler, J.; Mooney Simmie, G.; O'Grady, A.
European Journal of Teacher Education, v38 n3 p300-319 2015
Students' and teachers' misconceptions are an international concern among researchers in science education; they influence how students learn and teachers' teach knowledge and are a hindrance in the acquisition of accurate knowledge. This paper reports on a literature synthesis of existing research about ecological misconceptions. One means of improving the application of misconceptions involves using diagnostic tests. These form an important component of a broader conceptual toolkit needed to teach science in conceptually accurate ways. Analysis of the results of a diagnostic test, completed by biology students and pre-service teachers in Ireland, revealed the presence of an unacceptably high level of misconceptions and uncovered flaws in students and teachers' understanding of ecological concepts. A clear link was observed between the misconceptions present in pre-service teachers' knowledge base and those dominant in students. In this regard, we discuss implications of these findings for teacher education, from pre-service to continuing education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ecology, Secondary School Students, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science Education, Diagnostic Tests, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Measures (Individuals), Multiple Choice Tests, Literature Reviews, Misconceptions, Synthesis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland