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Secondary students’ ideas about scientific concepts underlying climate change

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Abstract


  • We present ideas about concepts underlying climate change, held by

    students in years 9 and 10. Misconceptions about climate change are

    common among students, and may be due to misconceptions about

    underlying concepts. To investigate this, we developed the Climate

    Change Concept Inventory (CCCI), and trialed it with 229 students; corroborating findings through focus group interviews. Our interview

    method and data analysis methods are described. Findings included

    overestimation of human contributions to atmospheric carbon inputs,

    ultra violet radiation in sunlight, and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Students were unaware that CO2 dissolves in water, and of the

    role of oceans in the carbon cycle. Greenhouse gases other than CO2

    were rarely known. Earth’s energy balance and black body radiation

    were not well understood. There were misconceptions about interactions between electromagnetic radiation and atmospheric gases; and

    limited understanding of carbon chemistry. The CCCI is available from

    the corresponding author.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Jarrett, L. & Takacs, G. (2019). Secondary students’ ideas about scientific concepts underlying climate change. Environmental Education Research, Online First 1-21.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85074769780

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4423&context=eispapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers1/3401

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • We present ideas about concepts underlying climate change, held by

    students in years 9 and 10. Misconceptions about climate change are

    common among students, and may be due to misconceptions about

    underlying concepts. To investigate this, we developed the Climate

    Change Concept Inventory (CCCI), and trialed it with 229 students; corroborating findings through focus group interviews. Our interview

    method and data analysis methods are described. Findings included

    overestimation of human contributions to atmospheric carbon inputs,

    ultra violet radiation in sunlight, and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Students were unaware that CO2 dissolves in water, and of the

    role of oceans in the carbon cycle. Greenhouse gases other than CO2

    were rarely known. Earth’s energy balance and black body radiation

    were not well understood. There were misconceptions about interactions between electromagnetic radiation and atmospheric gases; and

    limited understanding of carbon chemistry. The CCCI is available from

    the corresponding author.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Jarrett, L. & Takacs, G. (2019). Secondary students’ ideas about scientific concepts underlying climate change. Environmental Education Research, Online First 1-21.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85074769780

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4423&context=eispapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers1/3401

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom