Debunking Classroom Myths

Course Code
EDIS 2920
Jennifer Maeng
Research Associate Professor

What are misconceptions? Are misconceptions learned or taught or both? What are commonly learned misconceptions in science, math, humanities, and social sciences? Ever wonder why concepts are taught over and over and are still difficult to explain? How do we teach in ways that avoid students learning misconceptions? And how do we determine if students have accurate conceptions of the content we teach? We investigate these questions through the lens of students own experiences and what is known about how people learn. We will also address the role students varied cultural, racial, and other background differences, including prior knowledge and experiences, may play in the misconceptions that are learned. In addition, each of you have different backgrounds, experiences, interests and you differ. This course builds understanding of best practices in teaching and assessment through reading, discussion, reflection, and presentation.