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Teaching for Conceptual Change in Space Science

by: Eric Brunsell and Jason Marcks

Nearly 20 years after the release of The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ video, A Private Universe, much research has been done in relation to students’ understanding of space-science concepts and how to effectively change these ideas. However, student difficulties with basic space-science concepts still persist. This article will describe some of the common student misconceptions related to phases of the Moon, introduce a conceptual-change teaching approach, and provide an example of an activity that can be used to address these common misconceptions.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 7/1/2007Stock # ss07_030_09_20Volume 030Issue 09

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