Earth-science concepts are understandably often misunderstood
With this series of 2-minute animations, we address common misunderstandings, misconceptions and myths.
Earth science frequently deals with difficult concepts, abstractions, mathematical laws, and theory. Earthquake science, called seismology is concerned with many processes that are not easily observed as they may be too small, too slow, too fast, or on too large a scale to convey to the general public. This makes it a particularly difficult branch of science for learners with no background. Which leads to misunderstandings and misconceptions.
Misconceptions may form as young learners try to make sense of our natural world, and are faced with scientific language. They can see the effects of earthquakes, but the cause is based on the theory of plate tectonics, a concept not taught until the middle school years, long after ideas or fears are fixed in our beliefs. Research has shown that once beliefs are stored in our brains, it is very difficult to let go of them, even when we are shown that they are incorrect.
These two-minute clips are not intended to be comprehensive, but attempt to clarify misunderstood concepts with simplified graphics and language. Myth-conceptions is a playful way of saying that myths and misconceptions abound, but our goal is to provide tools for educators to help in teaching correct scientific concepts.