Some pupils think that particles possess the same properties as the materials they compose

Properties of Matter

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

For example, atoms of copper are "orange and shiny," gas molecules are "transparent," and solid molecules are "Hard".

Many younger pupils attributed macroscopic behaviours to microscopic particles (e.g. "ice particles melted").

A lot of young pupils attribute colour to the atom and this may extend to taste and smell. 

References

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    1531-1550.

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  • Nakhleh, M. B. and Samarapungavan, A., () Elementary School Children's Beliefs about Matter, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 36 (7)

    777-805.

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    249-270.

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    509-534.

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    203-213.

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    2123-2136.

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  • Albanese, A. and Vicentini, M., () Why Do We Believe that an Atom is Colourless? Reflections about the Teaching of the Particle Model, Science & Education, 6,

    251-261.

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  • Nakhleh, M. B. and Samarapungavan, A., () Elementary School Children's Beliefs about Matter, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 36 (7)

    777-805.

    Review sheet

  • Andersson, B., () Pupils' Conceptions of Matter and its Transformations (age 12-16), Studies in Science Education, 18,

    53-85.

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  • Benson, D. L., Wittrock, M. C. and Baur, M. E., () Students' Preconceptions of the Nature of Gases, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 30 (6)

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