Lunar and Planetary Institute

Stellar Evolution
Misconceptions and Educational Research

Common misconceptions include:

Research includes:

Agan, L., 2004, Stellar Ideas: Exploring Students' Understanding of Stars, Astronomy Education Review,Issue 1, Volume 3:77-97.
In this study, high school and first-year undergraduate students were asked about their understanding of stars. This study uses semistructured interviews to investigate students' ideas about the relationship between the Sun and stars, the nature of stars (What is a star?), and the distances between stars. The results indicate that astronomy instruction at the high school level can be effective at developing students' knowledge about stars in a short period of time.