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ERIC Number: EJ799350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1043-4046
Common Student Misconceptions in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry
Morton, James P.; Doran, Dominic A.; MacLaren, Don P. M.
Advances in Physiology Education, v32 n2 p142-146 Jun 2008
The present study represents a preliminary investigation designed to identify common misconceptions in students' understanding of physiological and biochemical topics within the academic domain of sport and exercise sciences. A specifically designed misconception inventory (consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions) was administered to a cohort of "level 1, 2, and 3" undergraduate students enrolled in physiology and biochemistry-related modules of the BSc Sport Science degree at the authors' institute. Of the 10 misconceptions proposed by the authors, 9 misconceptions were confirmed. Of these nine misconceptions, only one misconception appeared to have been alleviated by the current teaching strategy employed during the progression from "level 1 to 3" study. The remaining eight misconceptions prevailed throughout the course of the degree program, suggesting that students enter and leave university with the same misconceptions in certain areas of exercise physiology and biochemistry. The possible origins of these misconceptions are discussed, as are potential teaching strategies to prevent and/or remediate them for future years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Liverpool)