Subject-Specific Correctness of Students’ Conceptions and Factors of Influence: Empirical Findings from a Quantitative Study with Grade 7 Students in Germany Regarding the Formation and Location of Deserts

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Schubert JC, Wrenger K
Journal: Review of International Geographical Education Online
Publisher: Eskisehir
Publication year: 2016
Volume: 6
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: 135-159
ISSN: 2146-0353


Abstract


Students’ conceptions are a central learning condition. Until now there have only been qualitative results regarding the important geographical area of the desert, especially its location and formation. Therefore this study surveys students’ conceptions (N = 585; n = 448 without pre-instruction on deserts and n = 137 with pre-instruction on deserts) with the help of a questionnaire containing open and closed questions. The descriptive as well as inferential statistical analysis shows that both subject-specific correct as well as subject-specific unfounded explanations regarding the location and formation of deserts are frequently found. At the same time, the conception about deserts being just sandy deserts is strongly connected with the subject-specific correctness of the conceptions regarding the location and formation of deserts. Based on the discussion of the results, information about the possibility of future research is given.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Schubert, Jan Christoph Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Geographie


External institutions with authors

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster


Research Fields

Learner Perspectives on Geographic Topics, Concepts and Methods
Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Geographie


How to cite

APA:
Schubert, J.C., & Wrenger, K. (2016). Subject-Specific Correctness of Students’ Conceptions and Factors of Influence: Empirical Findings from a Quantitative Study with Grade 7 Students in Germany Regarding the Formation and Location of Deserts. Review of International Geographical Education Online, 6(2), 135-159.

MLA:
Schubert, Jan Christoph, and Katja Wrenger. "Subject-Specific Correctness of Students’ Conceptions and Factors of Influence: Empirical Findings from a Quantitative Study with Grade 7 Students in Germany Regarding the Formation and Location of Deserts." Review of International Geographical Education Online 6.2 (2016): 135-159.

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