Studying Misconceptions

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Check out the following paper that describes a result of the Bioliteracy Project at CU.  Like chemistry students having difficulty with chemistry because they’ve not mastered proportional thinking, Klymkowsky and Garvin-Doxas suggest that difficulties developing an appreciation and understanding of the nature of random processes lies at the foundation of many biological misconceptions.

Klymkowsky MW, Garvin-Doxas K (2008) Recognizing Student Misconceptions through Ed’s Tools and the Biology Concept Inventory. PLoS Biol 6(1): e3 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060003