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Confronting Prior Conceptions in Paleontology Courses

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Part of Elements of Paleontology

  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108583817

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  • People hold a variety of prior conceptions that impact their learning. Prior conceptions that include erroneous or incomplete understandings represent a significant barrier to durable learning, as they are often difficult to change. While researchers have documented students' prior conceptions in many areas of geoscience, little is known about prior conceptions involving paleontology. In this Element, data on student prior conceptions from two introductory undergraduate paleontology courses are presented. In addition to more general misunderstandings about the nature of science, many students hold incorrect ideas about methods of historical geology, Earth history, ancient life, and evolution. Of special note are student perceptions of the limits of paleontology as scientific inquiry. By intentionally eliciting students' prior conceptions and implementing the pedagogical strategies described in other Elements in this series, lecturers can shape instruction to challenge this negative view of paleontology and improve student learning.

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108583817
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The case of the naked clams
    2. The challenge of prior conceptions
    3. Exploring prior conceptions
    4. Prior conceptions in introductory paleontology courses
    5. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Margaret M. Yacobucci, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

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