Misconceptions

Lists of student misconceptions can be identified with a quick internet search for the topic and terms like “misconceptions” or “alternative conceptions.” Here are a few favorites from reputable sources.

My Favorites

AAAS assessment.aaas.org/topics
Click on a topic, then on a key idea. That page will give you a tab with misconceptions.

Barriers to Learning link
The link takes you to just one of many lists of “barriers to learning” on this site. Dig around. (Or see here for a compiled list.)

Other Good Ones

Earth Science Misconceptions link
A list of common misconceptions in each earth science.

Chemistry Misconceptions link
A document identifying misconceptions in chemistry and their origins.

Making Sense of Secondary Science link
The classic book on student misconceptions.