After Almost Half-Century Landing On The Moon And Still Countering Basic Astronomy Conceptions
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have, to define their misconceptions and then to determine what reason/s behind them. For this purpose, two hundred
seventy fifth grade students from 6 different schools participated. Randomly selected 45 students performing under
the class average and 6 teachers were interviewed to determine what reason/s behind students’ misconceptions. The
results of the study showed that many 5th graders have some misconceptions, such as Moon moves into the Sun’s
shadow, Moon only revolves around the Earth, it does not revolve around the Sun because the Moon cannot be seen
in the day-light. The reasons are one of reconciling out of school experiences, such as observing the rising and
setting sun, seeing stars only at night, school experiences, such as misleading diagrams and inappropriate materials,
ambiguous terminology and impropriate teaching methodology used by teacher.
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