Misconceptions in Physics RH298 / C143

Start date
1 May 24
1 Hour
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This course provides participants with the opportunity to consider the misconceptions which exist in KS3 and 4 Physics. We will look at teaching strategies for drawing these misconceptions (and preconceptions) out of students and consider ways of breaking them down and building on firmer, more concrete foundations through effective learning. Ideas on how to use the Best Evidence Science Resources (BEST) resources will be shared by Peter Fairhurst who has written many of the resources.  He  joined the Department of Education in January 2018 as part of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) after 26 years of teaching experience.

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) is a large collection of free resources for secondary school science. The resources have been developed from the best research evidence we can find on common misunderstandings in science, effective diagnostic questioning and formative assessment, constructivist approaches to building understanding, and effective sequencing of key concepts.

Who is the course leader?

  • Peter Fairhurst

    I am a researcher and curriculum specialist in science education with the University of York Science Education Group.



  • appropriately-sequenced steps for learning progression

  • diagnostic questions to reveal preconceptions and common misunderstandings

  • response activities to challenge misunderstandings and encourage conceptual development


Secondary bespoke support01 May 202415:45-16:45Virtual
Post session task01 May 202416:45-17:30Virtual

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£40.00 +VAT

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Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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