ConcepTest: Cross-Sections of Plate Boundaries
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
The correct response is A.
Percentage of students choosing this answer. (% Before Discussion/% After Discussion):
in a small (< 60 students) physical geology lab section
I asked for students to explain their reasoning. Those that answered B didn't notice or understand the divergent boundary off the coast. This question was a good way to discuss the reason for the convergent boundary off of WA coast and transform boundary of the CA coast.
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References and Notes:
The use of ConcepTests and Peer Instruction is discussed in detail on the ConcepTest page.
McConnell, D.A., Steer, D.N. and Owens, K.A., 2003, Assessment and Active Learning Strategies for Introductory Geology Courses, Journal of Geoscience Education, 51(2), 205-216.
McConnell, D.A., Steer et al., 2006, Using Conceptests to Assess and Improve Student Conceptual Understanding in Introductory Courses, Journal of Geoscience Education, (54(1), 61-68.