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ERIC Number: EJ995716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Common Earth Science Misconceptions in Science Teaching
King, Chris
School Science Review, n347 p45-52 Dec 2012
A survey of the Earth science content of science textbooks found a wide range of misconceptions. These are discussed in this article with reference to the published literature on Earth science misconceptions. Most misconceptions occurred in the "sedimentary rocks and processes" and "Earth's structure and plate tectonics" categories; the most common are listed and reviewed. The prevalence of misconceptions in science textbooks is of concern as evidence indicates that many UK teachers of Earth science rely on school textbooks for their teaching. Reference to this article, Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU) workshops and the "Earthlearningidea" (ELI) website may help teachers to address such misconceptions in the future. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom