A Private Universe
1 A Private Universe
This video brings into sharp focus the dilemma facing all educators: Why don't even the brightest students truly grasp basic science concepts? Interviews are held with high school students and Ivy League graduates asking them to explain what causes the seasons and the phases of the moon. Even the brightest students in the class have false ideas based on enduring misconceptions that traditional instructional methods cannot overcome.
2 Matt Schneps and Phil Sadler
The creators of A Private Universe describe their motivation for making the film.
3 Irwin Shapiro
The former head of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reminisces about his role in getting Harvard to sign off on the film.
4 Joseph Novak
A Cornell University science education professor tells how misconceptions research grew from a study on the efficacy of auditory learning.
5 Bassam Shakhashiri
The head of the NSF Education Directorate, which funded A Private Universe in 1981, used the film to rebuild federal support for science education.
6 Joel Mintzes
The science education research director for the follow-on series Minds of Our Own discusses the research base for A Private Universe.
7 James Wandersee
A professor of science education at Louisiana State Univ. explains that the focus on science facts over understanding leads to misconceptions.
8 Heather Mars Talk
Heather Mars, the middle schooler in A Private Universe, recalls the reaction to the video and her subsequent experiences in education.
9 Heather Mars Q and A
Heather Mars, the middle schooler in A Private Universe, participates in a Q and A.