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Theory into Practice: Immaculate Misconceptions
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Theory into Practice: Immaculate Misconceptions

Jane Dove

Series Editor: Mary Biddulph and Graham Butt

Key Stage: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Pages: 44

ISBN: 978-1-899085-73-6

Published: 1999



Each book in this series takes aspects of current research into geographical education and delivers them to the classroom practitioner. The Theory into Practice series is dedicated to improving and reinvigorating the debate about teaching and learning in geography.

Key elements of the series are: direct communication with the classroom practitioner about current aspects of research in geographical education, and how these relate to the classroom.

This book has two aims. The first is to raise teachers' awareness of the nature, extent and causes of secondary students' alternative conceptions (misconceptions) in physical, natural and environmental geography. Second, it offers strategies for addressing these alternative conceptions.

Suggestions are made throughout as to how students' alternative conceptions can be used to support the professional development of geography teachers in schools.

Identifying and explaining misconceptions is an intrinsically interesting field of research. In addition, an understanding of common student misconceptions is a requirement in teacher training.

In general, this short book packs in quite a lot of information and good ideas and one is left with a positive impression, which can only be helpful to a busy teacher - Reviewed in Geology Today, January 2000


Editors’ preface

Chapter 1: Some definitions
Chapter 2: Physical geography
Chapter 3: Natural environments
Chapter 4: Environmental issues
Chapter 5: Pedagogical implications
Chapter 6: Conclusion


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