Misconceptions in Science
Updated: 3/6/2019
Misconceptions in Science
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Misconception and Conceptual Understanding in Science

By Oliver Smith


It is important that we don’t view our students as empty vessels or blank slates when they come into our classrooms. Students are full of their own ideas and theories about the world. Some of these are correct and some of them don’t agree with current evidence and agreed thinking within a subject. Often as educators, we can fail to appreciate the wide and varied experiences our students have had and the effect this can have on how they think the universe works. Students have misconceptions in all subjects, but this is especially true in Science.

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Common misconception students have in science - instructional strategies

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  • The hammer will fall fastest because it has a bigger mass.
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