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Diagnosing and Dealing with Student Misconceptions: Floating and Sinking

by: Yue Yin, Miki K. Tomita, and Richard J. Shavelson

Misconceptions broadly exist in a variety of subject areas, such as physics, biology, geography, and other sciences. Among them, bringing students to an understanding of why things sink and float has proved to be one of the most challenging topics for student conceptual change. To address this issue, the authors designed ten multiple-choice items to help teachers diagnose common misconceptions related to sinking and floating, which are described in this article.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 4/1/2008Stock # ss08_031_08_34Volume 031Issue 08

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