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ERIC Number: EJ921665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
The Reasons for the Seasons
Thomas, Jeffrey D.
Science Teacher, v78 n4 p52-57 Apr 2011
The Moon can only be seen at night, electricity only comes from batteries, and dinosaurs and cavemen lived at the same time--these are just a few of the misconceptions students have about science (Phillips 1991). Though instructional labs, demonstrations, and textbooks can alter misunderstandings for a quiz or test, students often revert back to their prior misconceptions of science (Atwood and Atwood 1996; NRC 1996; Dove 1998). This article describes an inquiry-oriented activity the author created to challenge students' alternate conceptions of the seasons and facilitate their adoption of a more accepted scientific theory. (Contains 3 figures and 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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