On the eighth day of Edvent, Niki Kaiser gave EBE…

Using test data to find misconceptions in secondary science

I’m really interested in how identifying common misconceptions, and explicitly helping students to overcome them, can help science teachers.

This article appealed to me because it summarised how and why misconceptions are important, and explained how test data was used to help identify them. This use of research to inform practice, alongside data that is either already available, or is collected in the course of everyday teaching, makes it attractive and accessible to me as a classroom teacher.

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Niki is a chemistry teacher and Head of Norwich Research School, with whom we work as an EEF Research Schools Developer.


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