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Moss, Elizabeth; Cervato, Cinzia; Genschel, Ulrike; Ihrig, Lori; Ogilvie, Craig A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
This study examines the effects of an extended authentic research experience on students' understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and self-efficacy toward science. The curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab was transformed to include a six-week, student-driven research project focused on local groundwater and surface water issues.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Scientific Principles, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy
Moss, Elizabeth; Cervato, Cinzia – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
As part of a campus-wide effort to transform introductory science courses to be more engaging and more accurately convey the excitement of discovery in science, the curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab course was redesigned. What had been a series of ''cookbook'' lab activities was transformed into a sequence of activities based on…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning
Reichert, Collin; Cervato, Cinzia; Niederhauser, Dale; Larsen, Michael D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
In this paper we describe student use of a series of connected online problem-solving activities to remediate atmospheric carbon budget misconceptions held by undergraduate university students. In particular, activities were designed to address a common misconception about conservation of mass when students assume a simplistic, direct relationship…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Conservation (Concept), Science Education, Introductory Courses
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Cervato, Cinzia; Kerton, Charles; Peer, Andrea; Hassall, Lesya; Schmidt, Allan – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
We describe the rationale and process for the development of a new hybrid Earth and Space Science course for elementary education majors. A five-step course design model, applicable to both online and traditional courses, is presented. Assessment of the course outcomes after two semesters indicates that the intensive time invested in the…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Preservice Teachers, Distance Education, Online Courses
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Parham, Thomas L., Jr.; Cervato, Cinzia; Gallus, William A., Jr.; Larsen, Michael; Hobbs, Jon; Stelling, Pete; Greenbowe, Thomas; Gupta, Tanya; Knox, John A.; Gill, Thomas E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
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…
Descriptors: Physical Geography, Knowledge Level, Plate Tectonics, Undergraduate Students
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Rudd, James A., II; Wang, Vivian Z.; Cervato, Cinzia; Ridky, Robert W. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Calibrated Peer Review™ (CPR), a web-based instructional tool developed as part of the National Science Foundation reform initiatives in undergraduate science education, allows instructors to incorporate multiple writing assignments in large courses without overwhelming the instructor. This study reports successful implementation of CPR in a…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, College Science