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R. Proctor, A. Johnston, S. Palen, J. Armstrong (Weber State U)
A significant number of university students have serious misconceptions about the lunar cycle. In particular these students hold to alternative, non-scientific explanations of the lunar phases. For example: a popular misconception is that the lunar cycle is caused by Earth's shadow on the Moon (Driver et al. 1994; Dunlop, 1997; Trundle et al., 2001). Studies indicated that the most effective method of overcoming these alternative concepts is to confront them directly, using an inquiry based approach (Dunlop, 1997; Trundle et al. 2001). We conducted a study of the effectiveness of several scientific visualization methods in correcting these alternative views.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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