Misconceptions related to Weather
  1. The results indicate misconceptions, including confusion between weather and climate, inflated estimates of temperature and a belief that yearly weather data defines climate. Most display of knowledge of the 'abstract' concepts of air pressure and humidity. (Spiropoulou, Kostopoulos & Jacovides, 1999) [Grade 5~Grade 8]
  2. Study found that independently of formal instruction, children's knowledge about weather and climate was mostly non-scientific, used laymen's terms, and focused on elements that are perceptible only by the senses. (Spiropoulou, Kostopoulos & Jacovides, 1999) [Grade 5~Grade 8]
  3. A significant number of students focused on only one element of weather and climate, temperature. (Spiropoulou, Kostopoulos & Jacovides, 1999) [Grade 5~Grade 8]

  • Spiropoulou, D., Kostopoulos, D., & Jacovides, C.P. (1999) Greek Children's Alternative Conceptions on Weather and Climate. School Science Review, 81(294), 55-59. (Details...)