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ERIC Number: EJ1115016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones toward Making Sense of the World
Campbell, Todd; Schwarz, Christina; Windschitl, Mark
Science and Children, v53 n7 p28-33 Mar 2016
The vision of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) "requires a dramatic departure from approaches to teaching and learning science occurring today in most science classrooms K-12" (Reiser 2013, p. 2). In this article the authors emphasize the importance of examining student misconceptions and correcting them with sense-making activities supported by the NGSS. Specifically, they suggest using activities that engage students in science and engineering practices that will help them develop their understanding of disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts and, subsequently, the world around them. It is hoped that these strategies will be a helpful guide for working with student ideas in the future and will support the collective efforts as a science education community to support student learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A