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ERIC Number: EJ845809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
Learning about Phases of the Moon and Eclipses: A Guide for Teachers and Curriculum Developers
Kavanagh, Claudine; Agan, Lori; Sneider, Cary
Astronomy Education Review, v4 n1 p19-52 2005
"National Science Education Standards" (1996), published by the National Research Council, recommends that students learn to explain Moon phases and eclipses by the time they graduate from eighth grade. It is clear from the research literature, however, that misconceptions about Moon phases and eclipses are widespread and resistant to change, even among adults. In the most prevalent misconception, children and adults confuse the explanations for phases and eclipses by assuming that lunar phases occur when the Moon enters the Earth's shadow. The good news is that research studies have found approaches based on a constructivist view of learning to be very effective with students in grades five and above. While much research needs to be done, the studies reported here are fruitful in offering ideas for how teachers and curriculum developers can help students achieve the goals outlined in the "National Science Education Standards". (Contains 4 figures, 2 tables, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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