Qualitative Analysis of College Studentsí Ideas about the Earth: Interviews and Open-Ended Questionnaires
Julie C. Libarkin, Steven W. Anderson, Julie Dahl, Beilfuss Meredith, William Boone January 2005 Journal of Geoscience Education v53 n1 17
This study published by the Journal of Geoscience Education addresses student conceptual understanding and conceptual changes in college science courses. Data were collected at a small private university, two large state schools, and one small public liberal arts college. Students were probed on a variety of topics related to the Earth's crust and interior, as well as geologic time. Analysis of questionnaire and interview responses indicates that students hold a number of non-scientific ideas about the Earth. Additionally, students apply a range of ontological categories to geologic phenomena, with significant implications for teaching geosciences from a systems perspective.