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Overcoming Geographic Misconceptions Through Understanding and Applying the Cognitive Conflict Strategy

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2015, 4(1), pp.1-13
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography

Minsung Kim 1

1대구가톨릭대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study discusses the meaning, origin, and implications of the cognitive conflict strategy which has been one of the most widely adopted strategies for conceptual change. Moreover, this research suggests the use of the cognitive conflict diagram and the metacognition strategy to incorporate the notion of cognitive conflict to geography education. The cognitive conflict diagram consists of the three axes: target concept, students’ misconception, and discrepant event. To resolve conflicts among these components, the cognitive conflict diagram adds relevant concepts and real-world examples. All of these elements are visualized as a form of diagram. The metacognitive strategy asks students to examine their own and peers’ responses when facing conflict data or situations for the purpose of overcoming misconceptions. For these strategies to be successful, considerations of diverse conditions and variables are required. Therefore, further research should be undertaken to empirically demonstrate the effects of the suggested strategies. In addition, other strategies to facilitate students’ conceptual change need to be developed.

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