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dc.contributor.advisorLaDue, Nicoleen_US
dc.contributor.authorEschenbrenner, Alecia C, 1993-en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-16T19:44:51Z
dc.date.available2016-05-16T19:44:51Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/16415
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the question: how do students evaluate patterns out of geologic context? To investigate this concept, we removed square blocks of the patterns from a geologic diagram, created a survey, and asked undergraduate students to decide the relative age of geologic patterns. Students were also asked to rank the patterns from oldest to youngest and give a reason why they answered the way they did. There was total 69 participants; 25 Art, 24 Geology, and 20 Non-science/Non-art majors after removing incomplete responses or unqualified participants. Art students needed to be enrolled in ART102 or have completed it, Geology students needed to have completed GEOL325, and Non- science/Non-art needed less than 9 credits in science. Results showed that Geology students constructed a regressive sequence meaning they used their geology knowledge to arrange the patterns. Art students constructed a sequence of patterns from easiest to hardest to create in AutoCAD. Non-science/Non-art students were less conclusive but all responses related to everyday items. These findings support the prediction that prior knowledge affects the way students interpret science visuals. Teachers and professors should be prepared that their students have different backgrounds and may need to use diagrams that match their students' background knowledge.en_US
dc.format.extent23 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subjectgeologyen_US
dc.subjectvisualsen_US
dc.subjectpatternsen_US
dc.titleOne diagram does not fit all: How undergraduate students interpret geologic rock patterns.en_US
dc.type.genreEssayen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Geology and Environmental Sciencesen_US
dc.description.degreeB.S. (Bachelor of Science)en_US


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