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This study identified to what extent weather misconceptions persisted after 41 USAF A cadets completed Meteor 320 (Introduction to Meteorology and Aviation Weather), as 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 Meteor 320 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

Identifying the Weather Misconceptions of USAF Academy Cadets: Implications for Curricular Reform



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