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Higher Education

Iowa State University

STEM

2010

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The Invest Volcanic Concept Survey: Exploring Student Understanding About Volcanoes, Thomas Lyle Parham, Cinzia Cervato, William A. Gallus Jr., Michael Larsen, Jonathan M. Hobbs, Pete Stelling, Tanya Gupta, John A. Knox, Thomas E. Gill May 2010

The Invest Volcanic Concept Survey: Exploring Student Understanding About Volcanoes, Thomas Lyle Parham, Cinzia Cervato, William A. Gallus Jr., Michael Larsen, Jonathan M. Hobbs, Pete Stelling, Tanya Gupta, John A. Knox, Thomas E. Gill

Geological and Atmospheric Sciences Publications

Results from the Volcanic Concept Survey (VCS) indicated that many undergraduates do not fully understand volcanic systems and plate tectonics. During the 2006 academic year, a ten-item conceptual survey was distributed to undergraduate students enrolled in Earth science courses at five U.S. colleges and universities. A trained team of graders scored 672 completed surveys, coding responses to each item with a score, out of 3, based on accuracy and comprehensiveness. Questions requiring only basic content knowledge (e.g., terminology, volcano topology) received more high scoring responses than questions requiring higher thinking and deeper conceptual connections (association with plate tectonics ...