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Pallant, Amy; Lee, Hee-Sun; Pryputniewicz, Sarah – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
Incorporating scientific uncertainty as part of science teaching means acknowledging that there may be incomplete or potentially limited scientific information when scientists draw conclusions. In the geosciences, scientists routinely make inferences about the Earth based on observations of the present, and test those observations against…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Ambiguity (Context), Science Process Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Langbeheim, Elon; Rez, Peter – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
This paper describes the basic tenets of a sustainable energy course for university science majors. First, it outlines the three core components of the course: (1) The scientific evidence for the connection between climate change and energy usage; (2) An analysis of the capacity and environmental impact of various renewable and traditional energy…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, College Science, Guidelines
Wolfe, Benjamin A.; Riggs, Eric M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Meeting the future demand for a qualified geoscience workforce will require efforts to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of an increasingly diverse student body. Doing this successfully requires renewed attention to the needs and characteristics of underrepresented students, which include ethnic and cultural minorities, women, and…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Disproportionate Representation, Equal Education, STEM Education
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McConell, David A.; Chapman, LeeAnna; Czaijka, C. Douglas; Jones, Jason P.; Ryker, Katherine D.; Wiggen, Jennifer – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The adoption of active learning instructional practices in college science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses has been shown to result in improvements in student learning, contribute to increased retention rates, and reduce the achievement gap among different student populations. Descriptions of active learning strategies…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Active Learning, Learning Strategies, STEM Education
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Semken, Steven; Ward, Emily Geraghty; Moosavi, Sadredin; Chinn, Pauline W. U. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Place-based education (PBE) is a situated, context-rich, transdisciplinary teaching and learning modality distinguished by its unequivocal relationship to place, which is any locality that people have imbued with meanings and personal attachments through actual or vicarious experiences. As an observational and historical science, geoscience is…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Earth Science, Teaching Methods, Indigenous Populations
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St. John, Kristen; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
During the past two decades, the Geoscience Education Research (GER) community has been increasingly recognized as an evidence-based research subdiscipline in the geoscience and in the larger discipline-based education research (DBER) field. Most recently, the GER community has begun to address the current state of the field and discuss the best…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Expertise, Professional Personnel
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Manduca, Cathryn A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) higher education is in need of improved teaching methods to increase learning for all students. Faculty professional development programs are a widespread strategy for fostering this improvement. Studies of faculty development programs have focused on program design and the impact of…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, STEM Education, Research Design, Research Needs
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Lukes, Laura A.; McConnell, David A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
There is a need to understand why some students succeed and persist in STEM fields and others do not. While numerous studies have focused on the positive results of using empirically validated teaching methods in introductory science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, little data has been collected about the student experience in…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Student Motivation, Study Habits
Soja, Constance M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
In a first-year seminar on mass extinctions, a field-based, paleontology-focused exercise promotes active learning about Earth's biodiversity, form and function, and the biomimicry potential of ancient and modern life. Students study Devonian fossils at a local quarry and gain foundational experience in describing anatomy and relating form to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Paleontology, Active Learning
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Martínez-Álvarez, Patricia; Bannan, Brenda – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Latino bilingual children hold rich understandings, which are underexplored and underutilized in the geoscience classroom. Oftentimes, young Latinos possess unique cultural land experiences shaping their place identities. We consider science as language and culture, and propose place-based geoscience hybrid space explorations that are culturally…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Cultural Influences, Language Usage, Culturally Relevant Education
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Gorospe, Kelvin D.; Fox, Bradley K.; Haverkort-Yeh, Roxanne D.; Tamaru, Clyde S.; Rivera, Malia Ana J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
We present a hands-on, inquiry-based activity exploring how CO[subscript 2] input to seawater affects the skeletons of several species of reef-building corals and other marine organisms by testing for changes in pH and calcium ion concentrations. Originally developed to inspire and recruit high school students in the state of Hawai'i into the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Oceanography, Scientific Concepts
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Mays, David C. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
This article describes a one-week introduction to stochastic groundwater modeling, intended for the end of a first course on groundwater hydrology, or the beginning of a second course on stochastic hydrogeology or groundwater modeling. The motivation for this work is to strengthen groundwater education, which has been identified among the factors…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Water, Probability, College Science