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ERIC Number: EJ789707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Moon Misconceptions
Hermann, Ronald; Lewis, Bradford F.
Science Teacher, v70 n8 p51-55 Nov 2003
Over the course of history, scientists have constructed models and equations that provide insight into the motions of the heavens. However, research indicates many people hold alternative conceptions that, to them, explain the same observable phenomenon. Science educators have found that students learning about lunar phases may hold misconceptions even after the students were provided a scientifically correct explanation for lunar phases during classroom instruction. In this article, the authors present a three-step teaching strategy for addressing lunar misconceptions. This strategy involves: (1) Identifying the misconception; (2) Overturning the misconception; and (3) Replacing it with a scientific conception. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A