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This study identified to what extent weather misconceptions persisted after 48 students enrolled in ESS 102 (a gen-ed earth science class at Morehead State University) completed the course, measured by their performance on a recently created Survey of Meteorology Concepts (SMC), completed as a pre- and post-test. By examining participant data using psychometric statistics, survey data will also be used to validate the SMC. The research questions are:

• What weather misconceptions are prevalent among the participants?

• To what extent completing ESS 102 increases weather content knowledge and decrease misconceptions?

• What questions in the SMC are, statistically, the best suited to measure weather-related misconceptions?

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Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Meteorology Misconceptions Held by Students in General Education Earth Science College Course



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