Some students think the Earth and Moon are both orbiting the Sun without the Moon orbiting Earth

Earth and Space

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

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.

Resources to address this

  • Movements in the solar system  (5-11)

    Ref -SPT HS03 PN06

    This activity looks at the current accepted model of the solar system.

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  • The solar system: what do we know? (11-14)

    Ref - SPT DS03 PN01

    This activity looks at the current accepted model of the solar system.

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References

The following studies have documented this misconception:

  • Jones, L. B., Lynch, P. P. and Reesink, C., () International Journal of Science Education,

    Review sheet

  • Sharp, G. J., () Children's astronomical beliefs: a preliminary study of Year 6 children in south‐west England, International Journal of Science Education, 18 (6)

    685-712.

    Review sheet

  • Slater, V. E., Morris, E. J. & McKinnon, D., () Astronomy alternative conceptions in preadolescent students in Western Australia, International Journal of Science Education, 40 (17)

    2158-2180.

    Review sheet

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