Category Archives: Misconceptions in Science

Dealing with Misconception in the Classroom

As individuals we all have our own experiences that have gotten us to where we are in our lives. Lessons gained from in the classroom to interactions with peers outside that classroom that led to teamwork or maybe disputes that … Continue reading

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I’ll Change Your Mind (about chemistry)

When I got to college, I took general chemistry in my first semester. The lecture hall was filled with 175 students, mostly freshman, who were on tracks to go into engineering, medical, or STEM fields. The environment felt competitive and … Continue reading

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The Misconceptions of Alternate Conceptions

What even are Alternate Conceptions? Alternate Conceptions refer to the false ideas that people hold in regard to scientific concepts. Alternate Conceptions can be used in conjunction with the word misconception. People learn throughout their lives, we constantly are learning … Continue reading

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It’s Not Right, But We Can Work With It

Did you know that parents of animals actually do not reject their babies once humans touch them? Yeah, me neither. Or did you know that toilets don’t actually flush in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere? Yeah, I didn’t … Continue reading

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“Tomato/Tomahto, Conception/Conceeption”

What are “Alternate” Conceptions? “Alternate Conception” is essentially a euphemism for “Misconception.” The necessity of which is tied to the nature of science itself. Modern-day scientific facts should not be fanatically accepted, but instead should be tested against other proposed … Continue reading

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How To Respond To Every Student’s Favorite Teacher: Ms. Conceptions

In our science classroom, we must understand where our students are in order to progress into where they can be. Students will come into each of our classes with a variety of prior knowledge from previous teachers of past experiences. … Continue reading

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Alternate Conceptions: What Are They and What Can We Do

Alternate conceptions can find their way into classrooms in a variety of different ways. Maybe they’re misconceptions, incorrect assumptions, and cultural beliefs. In science classrooms, this can be difficult to deal with, so let’s talk about different ways to identify … Continue reading

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How Do We Deal with Misconceptions in our Science Classrooms

Each year, our classrooms are filled with bright young minds that come from various backgrounds. Since each of these students are bound to have different background experiences that shape what they know and how they think, it is inevitable for … Continue reading

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Science Teaching 2.0: Addressing Misconceptions in Science

What are Misconceptions? Did you ever think it would take seven years for your stomach to digest swallowed gum? Or that lightning never strikes the same place twice? And, that the seasons are caused by the Earth’s distance from the … Continue reading

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Addressing Alternate Conceptions

Were you ever told that the blood inside your body is blue until it comes in contact with O2? Or have you ever heard someone say that once baby animals are touched by a person their parents will no longer … Continue reading

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