Analysis of College Students’ Spatial Knowledge and Misconceptions Related to Earthquakes and Volcanoes
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
Although a significant amount of educational research has been carried out in fields such as physics and chemistry, the number of studies that have been conducted in physical geography and earth science has been limited. While students’ conceptual understanding of the Earth in space, Earth’s atmosphere, and Earth’s oceans have been studied, several other aspects of the Earth system have not been studied in any depth. In addition, the impact of physical geography on student ideas about the Earth is rarely discussed. The study described in this paper expands the field of misconception research by focusing on student conceptions of the locations and processes of earthquakes and volcanoes.
education, spatial knowledge, atmosphere, earthquakes, volcanoes
Beilfuss, M. (2001). Analysis of college students’ spatial knowledge and misconceptions related to earthquakes and volcanoes. Research in Geographic Education, 3(1), pp. 76-81.