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Pages: 3223-3228
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-8860-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2016.1701

Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain

RESOLVING MISCONCEPTIONS THROUGH STUDENT REFLECTIONS

D. Boccio, K. Kolack, M. Tawde

Queensborough CC, CUNY (UNITED STATES)
Students come to college with significant amount of prior knowledge, which often includes misconceptions that hinder their ability to learn correct concepts in STEM disciplines. Misconceptions, or “alternative beliefs” amongst students have been widely studied in the literature. It is observed that when they are addressed directly, helping students with opportunities to re-construct their world-view, more students are able to use scientific concepts correctly, indicating that clearing misconceptions early on is crucial to student learning. Our study aims to identify and resolve misconceptions in three important gateway STEM courses by using student reflective activities and guided-inquiry learning.  To enhance conceptual understanding and learning process, faculty members teaching Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, conducted students reflection sessions outside classroom instruction to identify and address students’ common misconceptions. Students reflected on their own prior knowledge and belief systems, and worked with peers to discover the correct concepts.  They analyzed each other’s erroneous beliefs, and in the process, corrected their misconceptions. A marginal difference between experimental and control groups is observed, however, we will continue the studies by redesigning and refining the intervention sessions of reflections, exam wrappers and study skills/ attitude surveys to collect more meaningful data to investigate whether resolving misconceptions early on does increase conceptual understanding in community college students.
@InProceedings{BOCCIO2016RES,
author = {Boccio, D. and Kolack, K. and Tawde, M.},
title = {RESOLVING MISCONCEPTIONS THROUGH STUDENT REFLECTIONS},
series = {8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN16 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-8860-4},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2016.1701},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2016.1701},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {4-6 July, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {3223-3228}}
TY - CONF
AU - D. Boccio AU - K. Kolack AU - M. Tawde
TI - RESOLVING MISCONCEPTIONS THROUGH STUDENT REFLECTIONS
SN - 978-84-608-8860-4/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2016.1701
PY - 2016
Y1 - 4-6 July, 2016
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN16 Proceedings
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D. Boccio, K. Kolack, M. Tawde (2016) RESOLVING MISCONCEPTIONS THROUGH STUDENT REFLECTIONS, EDULEARN16 Proceedings, pp. 3223-3228.
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