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Student Misconceptions about Plants – A First Step in Building a Teaching Resource

    Authors: April N. Wynn1,‡, Irvin L. Pan2, Elizabeth E. Rueschhoff3, Maryann A. B. Herman4, E. Kathleen Archer5,*
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    Affiliations: 1: Biological Sciences Department, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; 2: Biology Department, Stonehill College, Easton, MA 02357; 3: Biology Program, School of Natural Sciences, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN 47150; 4: Biology Department, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY 14618; 5: Biology Department, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106
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    • Received 14 October 2016 Accepted 22 January 2017 Published 21 April 2017
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: E. Kathleen Archer. 300 Summit Street, Biology Department, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 06106. Phone: 860-297-2226. E-mail: Kathleen.archer@trincoll.edu.
    • All authors contributed equally.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2017 vol. 18 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v18i1.1253
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    Abstract:

    Plants are ubiquitous and found in virtually every ecosystem on Earth, but their biology is often poorly understood, and inaccurate ideas about how plants grow and function abound. Many articles have been published documenting student misconceptions about photosynthesis and respiration, but there are substantially fewer on such topics as plant cell structure and growth; plant genetics, evolution, and classification; plant physiology (beyond energy relations); and plant ecology. The available studies of misconceptions held on those topics show that many are formed at a very young age and persist throughout all educational levels. Our goal is to begin building a central resource of plant biology misconceptions that addresses these underrepresented topics, and here we provide a table of published misconceptions organized by topic. For greater utility, we report the age group(s) in which the misconceptions were found and then map them to the ASPB – BSA Core Concepts and Learning Objectives in Plant Biology for Undergraduates, developed jointly by the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Botanical Society of America.

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Abstract:

Plants are ubiquitous and found in virtually every ecosystem on Earth, but their biology is often poorly understood, and inaccurate ideas about how plants grow and function abound. Many articles have been published documenting student misconceptions about photosynthesis and respiration, but there are substantially fewer on such topics as plant cell structure and growth; plant genetics, evolution, and classification; plant physiology (beyond energy relations); and plant ecology. The available studies of misconceptions held on those topics show that many are formed at a very young age and persist throughout all educational levels. Our goal is to begin building a central resource of plant biology misconceptions that addresses these underrepresented topics, and here we provide a table of published misconceptions organized by topic. For greater utility, we report the age group(s) in which the misconceptions were found and then map them to the ASPB – BSA Core Concepts and Learning Objectives in Plant Biology for Undergraduates, developed jointly by the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Botanical Society of America.

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