I’ve recently been looking into scientific misconceptions and by what processes they are acquired (e.g. “heavy things fall faster than light things”). I came across Nick Rose’s excellent blog on the topic which I highly recommend. He references Geary’s theory of Educational Evolutionary Psychology, which I was already familiar from David Didau’s blogs on the topic as well as the chapter in Didau & Rose’s book on the topic.
Anyway, I decided to read some of the original work by David Geary as well as an short commentary by John Sweller (links below). I’ve really only dipped my toes into this and have a bit more to do in terms of science misconceptions particularly (which I will hopefully write about soon).
We have a research reading group at school and I’ve summarised my notes into a short powerpoint with some key quotes and diagrams. You’re more than welcome to have a look and feedback/further reading is always welcome.
Links to reading:
I found this article, also by Sweller, which looks more detailed than the one I initially looked at. I haven’t had time to process it fully yet.