by Joanne Olson and Renee Schwartz
Students have many stubborn misconceptions about the nature and process of science. It is the job of the teacher to help them build more accurate understandings of these topics. However, this often requires the teacher to address some of his or her own misconceptions about how to teach the nature and process of science. Doing so can make the act of teaching the nature and process of science more effective and more fun! The following list of teaching misconceptions was developed by preservice teacher educators and researchers.
Misconceptions about whether and why to teach these topics | Misconceptions about preparing to teach these topics | Misconceptions about teaching methods and approaches | Misconceptions about student abilities and attitudes