Common Alternative Astronomical Conceptions Encountered in Junior Secondary Science Classes: Why Is This So?
This article investigates students' conceptions of certain astronomical phenomena. The 1,920 participants were drawn from junior secondary science classes in four Australian educational jurisdictions. Participants completed a modified version of the Astronomy Diagnostic Test to elicit information about their knowledge and understanding of certain astronomical phenomena and to identify any alternative conceptions that they held. Results showed that students exhibited many alternative conceptions about concepts that they should have covered in elementary school or in the first year of high school. Discussion centers on the extent to which school science takes account of the important construct of pedagogical content knowledge.
Danaia, L., & McKinnon, D. H. (2007). Common Alternative Astronomical Conceptions Encountered in Junior Secondary Science Classes: Why Is This So? Astronomy Education Review, 6(2), 32–53.