Can anomalies stimulate learning?

Allen, Mick (2020) Can anomalies stimulate learning? In: Kingston University Festival of Research; 29 Jun - 10 Jul 2020, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Using unexpected events to teach difficult concepts in HE. People of all ages construct ideas that are in conflict with current scientific thinking; these have been called science misconceptions. Today’s session will discuss how some of these misconceptions can be used to present situations to learners that are unexpected, in the form of anomalous data. These data, because they are counterintuitive, trigger engagement with the science and show improvements in learning that can persist for three years.

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