Misconceptions about misconceptions

by Stephanie Chasteen on December 3, 2009

I’ve got a new podcast posted, this one with my esteemed colleague Valerie Otero of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She tells us why she thinks that the idea of student “misconceptions” is very dangerous — and gives us a new way to think about student ideas in the classroom, and some activities to address them.  This is in the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears episode on Keeping Warm, and targets common student ideas about heat.  Still, the general message about misconceptions is, I think, one that every teacher should hear.

Listen to Warm Blankets and Cold Breezes (10 minutes)

You can also read this month’s content article on heat (what is it?  How do people and animals keep warm?) written by moi.

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