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ERIC Number: EJ1112067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Making Science Misconceptions Work for Us
Elliott, Katrina; Pillman, Anne
Teaching Science, v62 n1 p36-39 Mar 2016
This paper explores strategies for teachers to work with science conceptions, both those consistent and those inconsistent with western science understanding. It emphasises the value of teachers checking their own and their students' prior understanding of concepts to be learnt. A past approach of educators has been to replace old beliefs with new ones consistent with western science understanding. The approach outlined here is to develop learners' understanding of both beliefs and the knowledge of when to use them. Drawing on evidence from the latest research, specific strategies to respond to this have been suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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