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I think this is a cool topic area, and my guess is that this topic is of broad general interest to the biology education community. I'd be surprised, though, if there aren't some good papers out there on misconceptions in this topic area. I think there are also many tools available, like the one you showed, that have been created to address these misconceptions. It's too bad there isn't a good repository for this information and that more of these resources haven't been published.
Posted 12:29, 18 Jul 2008
I would be very explicit about specificy that you are looking for misconception saying DNA or chromosome etc.

I think you have wonderful ideas and a huge number of students that are providing a wonderfully strong dataset so I feel that you should really keep your questions very specific and separate rather than general since you will have very quantitative data for each small question.

So maybe what is question for different misconceptions and
where do they come from for a subset of them. Also if you are going to go after where do they come from it might become very important to collect data about your students (demographics, family, beliefs, etc.) which might have shaped their misconceptions. Perhaps you can ask them to rank you the 5 sources of knowledge for them (TV, newspaper, books, teachers, etc).
Posted 12:30, 18 Jul 2008
It's not clear to me how you are going to uncover all them without probing directly for what you think might be the misconceptions. It's the issue of fishing by a rod and reel versus a dragnet. Would it be worth polling teaching faculty on what they think are the most common student misconceptions about DNA? This would give you a database, based on faculty experience, of what the presumed misconceptions that are out there. It would be also helpful if the polled faculty could define what the proper conceptions would be.
Posted 12:30, 18 Jul 2008
Question: Identify misconceptions (and their sources) non-majors have about DNA by data-mining pre and post surveys as well as student interviews.
Clean focus- you will be tempted to grow project -- try not to.
I like the data you get from students when you ask them to draw information.
Testing your ideas with majors will be the basis for your next paper.
Posted 12:33, 18 Jul 2008
Tool notes:
Add confidence survey questions to tool
Add, "What were you thinking about when you answered the question above"
- Pretest: teases out sources of misconceptions
- Posttest: finds what sources in the class may have caused conceptual terms.

Posted 05:18, 19 Jul 2008
Science Visualization
- Mike Sites
- Kathy Takayama (??)

Posted 08:24, 23 Jul 2008
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