Children's Misconceptions about Weather: A Review of the Literature

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Link to Resource: http://web.csulb.edu/~lhenriqu/NARST2000.htm
Resource Type:Education Reports; Professional Resources
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
Publication Date:2000
Summary:It is generally accepted that children have their own understanding of how the world works prior to receiving formal science instruction. Much research has been done to determine students' misconceptions related to the physical sciences; less has been done to understand children's ideas in the earth sciences. This paper reports a synthesis of the existing research about children's misconceptions relating to weather, climate and the atmosphere. The scientifically accepted interpretations are presented in tandem with the children's naïve ideas. When possible, the source of the misconception is also presented. In many cases, students' misconceptions are not addressed in the curriculum, allowing them to exist unchallenged.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; atmosphere; climate; climate change; earth science; education; elementary school; geoscience; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; meteorology; middle school; report; weather; weather hazards
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