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Education and Human Development Master's Theses

1998

Biology

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Student Misconceptions In Science: The Human Digestive System, Heather A. Dry Jun 1998

Student Misconceptions In Science: The Human Digestive System, Heather A. Dry

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Students bring their personal belief systems with them into classrooms. In the science classroom, these beliefs may be misconceptions, ideas that are not congruent with currently accepted scientific facts and theories. This study sought to identify student misconceptions as they pertained to a unit of study on the human digestive system. The hypothesis was that students, when submitted to traditional, lecture-type teaching which does not confront students' preconceived notions, will learn the correct information for the formal unit test, but will revert back to their previously held notions upon leaving the class.

Each of the 85 high school biology students ...