8-12 juin, 2014


Misconceptions in Astronomy

Pierre Chastenay (Université du Québec à Montréal)

People entering our classrooms are not empty vessels waiting for us to pour knowledge in. On the contrary, they carry personal models and explanations about the workings of the world around them, naïve theories that they constructed from early childhood, and that are often at odds with the scientific models. These so-called misconceptions are especially common in astronomy, and research in Science Education shows that they resist traditional schooling. So, what to do about misconceptions and how to address them? The first step is to acknowledge these misconceptions in the classroom, embrace them as the only intellectual tools learners have at their disposal to make sense of the world, but also show their limits and inconsistencies, compared to the more intelligible, plausible and fruitful scientific models.
(doit être confirmé par le SOC)