Students' alternative conceptions of tropical cyclone causes and processes

Rod Lane, Pamela Coutts

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    Abstract

    Shulman (1987) argued that an important component of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) is teachers' understanding of common student alternative conceptions, yet little is known about what students believe about many topics in the school curriculum. This paper focuses on an area of the NSW Junior Geography curriculum as the first phase of a larger study designed to investigate Geography teachers' PCK. Common student conceptions of tropical cyclone causes and processes were identified using a variety of methods. Results indicate that middle school Geography students (n=330) hold a range of alternative conceptions related to foundational scientific principles as well as the geographical concepts of location, scale and interaction with the human and natural environment. Implications for the knowledge requirements of Geography teachers are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventEuropean Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Biennial Conference (14th : 2011) - Exeter, England
    Duration: 30 Aug 20113 Sep 2011

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Biennial Conference (14th : 2011)
    CityExeter, England
    Period30/08/113/09/11

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