Some students believe that the Earth travels around the Sun once in a day, rather than identifying that this is a year

Earth and Space


Diagnostic Resources

The following worksheets may help to identify whether students hold this particular misconception.

For more information, see the University of York BEST website.


The following studies have documented this misconception:

  • Baxter, J., () Children's understanding of familiar astronomical events International Journal of Science Education. 11 (5)


    review sheet

  • Osborne, J., Wadsworth, P., Black, P. and Meadows, J., () The earth in space: Primary space project research report NA Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

    Review sheet

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