The Center for Faculty Excellence strives to provide opportunities for BGSU educators to discuss learner-centered, integrative teaching. We hope that through participation, each educator can develop more pedagogical “capital.” We sincerely invite you to join our community of learners by registering for the discussions/workshops listed below. All workshops will be located in the CFE location (202C University Hall) unless otherwise noted.  

*All workshops have been listed in order by date, so make sure to check your calendar.*

You Think What?  Student Misconceptions in STEM

WHEN: Monday, May 4th, 2015 at 11:00 AM

WHERE: 202C University Hall

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When students come to our classes they don’t come to us as blank slates, but with some previous knowledge of our topics.  This knowledge can often be erroneous, giving students misconceptions about how the natural world works.  We all form ideas based on our everyday experiences.  These experiences can frequently drive intuitions that lead to incorrect conclusions, particularly when those ideas are applied to new and abstract concepts.  It should be no surprise then that our students come to us with deeply held misconceptions that can be very difficult to overcome.  Even after some exposure and an apparent understanding of the correct reasoning, old ideas may return in full or as an amalgamation of the old and new ideas.   In this session we will discuss some examples of common misconceptions and why people may hold them.  This will be done in the context of attempting to categorize types of misconceptions.

*To find out more about workshops contact the CFE office via email (cfe@bgsu.edu) or phone (419)372-6898.