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The effectiveness of refutation texts to correct misconceptions among educators

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Marta Ferrero, Tom E. Hardwicke, Emmanouil Konstantinidis, Miguel A. Vadillo

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-421
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Issue number3
PublishedSep 2020

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Teachers around the world hold a considerable number of misconceptions about education. Consequently, schools can become epicenters for dubious practices that might jeopardize the quality of teaching and negatively influence students' wellbeing. The main objective of this study was to assess the efficacy of refutation texts in the correction of erroneous ideas among in-service teachers. The results of Experiment 1 indicate that refutation texts can be an effective means to correct false ideas among educators, even for strongly endorsed misconceptions. However, the results of Experiment 2 suggest that these effects may be short-lived. Furthermore, attempts to correct misconceptions seemed to have no beneficial effect on teachers' intention to implement educational practices that are based on those erroneous beliefs. The implications of these results for the training of preservice and in-service teachers are discussed.

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