AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 27 Probing and Understanding Effective Learning and Teaching
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[27.09] The Effectiveness of Scientific Visualization Techniques: Teaching the Lunar Cycle

R. Proctor, A. Johnston, S. Palen, J. Armstrong (Weber State U)

A significant number of university students have serious misconceptions about the lunar cycle. In particular these students hold to alternative, non-scientific explanations of the lunar phases. For example: a popular misconception is that the lunar cycle is caused by Earth's shadow on the Moon (Driver et al. 1994; Dunlop, 1997; Trundle et al., 2001). Studies indicated that the most effective method of overcoming these alternative concepts is to confront them directly, using an inquiry based approach (Dunlop, 1997; Trundle et al. 2001). We conducted a study of the effectiveness of several scientific visualization methods in correcting these alternative views.

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