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Stokes, Alison; Harmer, Nichola – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
Active, student-centered pedagogies such as project-based learning (PjBL) can offer significant potential for engaging undergraduates with complex sustainability issues. Driven by institution-wide curriculum changes and informed by educational theories and evidence from previous studies, a trial PjBL activity was designed and delivered on three…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Geography Instruction
Russell, Jae-eun; Van Horne, Sam; Ward, Adam S.; Bettis, Arthur, III.; Sipola, Maija; Colombo, Mariana; Rocheford, Mary K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
This study investigated students' attitudes, engagement, satisfaction, and performance in Introduction to Environmental Science after it was transformed from a typical large lecture to a student-centered learning environment. The instructors of the course collaborated with the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology and radically redesigned…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Large Group Instruction, Lecture Method, Evidence Based Practice
Taylor, Zachary P.; Bennett, Drew E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Teaching ecosystem services provides an ideal opportunity to use inquiry-based learning to help students make connections between ecological, geological, and social systems. The idea of ecosystem services, or the benefits nature provides to society, has emerged as a key concept in a host of environmental fields and is just beginning to gain…
Descriptors: Ecology, Active Learning, Inquiry, Environmental Education
Fortner, Sarah K.; Scherer, Hannah H.; Murphy, Martha A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Continued agricultural productivity hinges on understanding how to manage soil resources. A 2-week undergraduate introductory-level module: "A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources Through Local Decision Making" was collaboratively developed through the InTeGrate Project. InTeGrate modules and courses engage students in grand…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Soil Science, Sustainability, Active Learning
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Gill, Susan E.; Marcum-Dietrich, Nanette; Becker-Klein, Rachel – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
The Model My Watershed (MMW) application, and associated curricula, provides students with meaningful opportunities to connect conceptual understanding of watersheds to real-world decision making. The application uses an authentic hydrologic model, TR-55 (developed by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service), and real data applied in…
Descriptors: Decision Making Skills, Natural Resources, Water, Environmental Education
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Cotton, Jennifer M.; Sheldon, Nathan D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The call for reform of science education is nearly three decades old (National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983), but the implementation of such education improvements in the form of active learning techniques in large enrollment classes remains difficult. Here we present a class project designed to increase student involvement and…
Descriptors: College Students, Geology, Introductory Courses, Large Group Instruction
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Davis, Michael G.; Chapman, David S. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
We present a user-friendly, data-driven Web site ( for a geothermal, climate change observatory that is educational for the general public, students, and researchers alike. The Emigrant Pass Observatory (EPO), located in the Grouse Creek Mountains in northwestern Utah, gathers both meteorological data…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Climate, Change, Scientific Research
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Hadizadeh, Jafar – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2001
Recognizes the desire to discuss current environmental issues as a significant learning motive. Describes a course in which a student debates facilitate learning. A student moderator conducts debates between two groups of students, and the debates are organized using lecture material, internet searches, numerical analysis, and research projects.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Debate, Environmental Education, Geology