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What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones Toward Making Sense of the World

Abstract

"The vision of NGSS 'requires a dramatic departure from approaches to teaching and learning science occurring today in most science classrooms K-12' (Reiser 2013, p. 2). In this article we emphasize the importance of examining student misconceptions and correcting them with sense-making activities supported by the NGSS. Specifically, we suggest using activities that engage students in science and engineering practices that will help them develop their understanding of disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts and, subsequently, the world around them. We hope these strategies will be a helpful guide for working with student ideas in the future and will support our collective efforts as a science education community to support student learning."

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