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Journal Article

Stellar Ideas- Exploring Students Understanding of Stars

This article can be used with Section IV. It discusses ideas high school students have about stars and discusses implications for high school courses.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Agan, L. (2004). Stellar Ideas- Exploring Students Understanding of Stars Astronomy Education Review. 3(1) Also online at: http://aer.noao.edu/cgi-bin/article.pl?id=95

Revising Instruction to Teach Nature of Science

Can be used with Section II to examine implications for instruction.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Lederman, N. and Lederman, J. (2004). Revising instruction to teach nature of science. The Science Teacher.71(90: 36-39.

Reasoning about Interactions between Variables

This study can be used with CTS Section IV to examine the difficulties students have with the causal effect of one variable and its interrelationships with other variables. Implications for the science curriculum are discussed.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Zohat,A. (1995). Reasoning about interactions between variables. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.32(10): 1039-1063.

Preservice Elementary Teachers Conceptions of the Causes of Seasons

As a supplement to Section IV, this article can be used to show that elementary teachers may enter science teaching with similar alternative conceptions that their students hold related to the topic of the seasons.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Atwood, R. and Atwood, V. (1996). Preservice teachers conceptions of the causes of seasons. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 33(5): 553-563.

Moon Misconceptions-Bringing Pedagogical Research of Lunar Phases into the Classroom

Misconceptions on phases of the moon to use with Section IV.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Hermann, R. and Lewis, B. (Nov 2003)Moon misconceptions-bringing pedagogical research of lunar phases into the classroom.Science Scope.51-55.

Middle School Learning in Evolution: Are Current Standards Achievable?

This article can be used with sections II,III, and VI. It examines how and whether it is reasonable, given present circumstances, to expect that middle school students can learn evolution-related ideas in the national and state standards. An instrument is included for pre and post assessment of student ideas.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Beardsley,P. (2004). Middle school student learning in evolution: Are current standards achievable? The American Biology Teacher.66(9), 604-611

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Childrens Conceptions of Forests and Their Inhabitants

This supplement to Section IV examines 1st graders ideas about forests and the types of living things found there. The study shows a general lack of awareness of biotic and abiotic features of a forest habitat.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Strommen, E. (1995). Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Childrens conceptions of forests and their inhabitants. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 32(7): 683-698.

Learning about Phases of the Moon and Eclipses: A Guide for Teachers and Curriculum Developers

This paper can be used with Sections II,III,IV,V, and VI to further discuss implications for curriculum and assessment as they relate to standards.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Kavanagh, C., Agan, L., Sneider, C. (2005)"Learning about Phases of the Moon and Eclipses: A Guide for Teachers and Curriculum Developers" in Astronomy Education Review 4(1) Also online at: http://aer.noao.edu/AERArticle.php?issue=7ßion=2&article=2

Journal Article Reveals Misconceptions of High School Students in Genetics Content

This article can be used with CTS Section IV to examine misconceptions related to genetics content.

Bibliographic Citation: 

Investigating Students' Ideas about Plate Tectonics

This article can be used as a supplement to CTS Section II and IV. The authors describe the beliefs middle school students bring to their learning about ideas related to plate tectonics and the implications for instruction. The article includes a detailed list of related plate tectonics misconceptions including commonly held ideas about plates, plate movement and plate interactions, events and features resulting from plate interactions, and recycling of plate material. Strategies for moving students beyond ther misconceptions are also described.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Ford, B. and Taylor, M. (2006). Investigating Students' Ideas about Plate Tectonics. Science Scope. Vol 30(1). pp 38-41. (note: NSTA members can access this article on line through the NSTA Journal Archives at nsta.org)
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