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Trott, Carlie D.; Sample McMeeking, Laura B.; Bowker, Cheryl L.; Boyd, Kathryn J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) have been shown to facilitate students' pursuit of graduate studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including geoscience. Less is known about why or how UREs have a lasting impact on participants, particularly through graduate school and into careers.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Earth Science, Program Effectiveness
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Dolphin, Glenn; Dutchak, Alex; Karchewski, Brandon; Cooper, Jon – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Recent literature has demonstrated the importance of fieldwork in geology. However, as resources become scarce, field experiences are often targeted for cuts. This was the case at the University of Calgary when massive enrollments placed a tremendous burden on resources. In courses throughout, field trips and other excursions were eliminated,…
Descriptors: Geology, Computer Simulation, Field Trips, Simulated Environment
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Gilbert, Lisa A.; Gross, Deborah S.; Kreutz, Karl J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Grand challenges such as energy, water, and food scarcity limit our growing population's ability to live sustainably on Earth. Such complex societal challenges, which interconnect many human and natural systems, will require today's students to apply approaches that go beyond simple cause and effect. To help instructors teach students how to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Mora, Germán – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Inquiry-based instruction facilitates students' acquisition of scientific abilities, but little is known about how rapidly college students master these skills, particularly when this form of instruction includes scaffolding and especially when those scaffolds are removed. To address this gap, this study aimed to evaluate the effect that removing…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Science Laboratories, Environmental Education
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Jones, Jason P.; McConnell, David A.; Wiggen, Jennifer L.; Bedward, John – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Incorporating active learning strategies into introductory STEM courses has been shown to improve student outcomes, however, these activities take class time to execute. The question of how to implement these effective strategies without sacrificing a significant volume of content coverage has led to the development of a "flipped" model…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Video Technology, Teaching Methods
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Karsten, Jill L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
The Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) program, operational between the years 2001 and 2013, was a signature effort by the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Geosciences (NSF/GEO) to invest in broadening participation of historically underrepresented populations in geoscience education programs and careers.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Education, Access to Education, Disproportionate Representation
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Roberts, Jennifer A.; Olcott, Alison N.; McLean, Noah M.; Baker, Gregory S.; Möller, Andreas – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
Implementation of active-learning practices into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses has been shown to increase student learning and performance, improve retention of material, and reduce achievement gaps among different student populations when compared to lecture-based approaches. To this end, we transformed two…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Active Learning, College Science
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
Kortz, Karen M.; van der Hoeven Kraft, Katrien J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Undergraduate research has been shown to be an effective practice for learning science. While this is a popular discussion topic, there are few full examples in the literature for introductory-level students. This paper describes the Geoscience Education Research Project, an innovative course-based research experience designed for…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Research Projects, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
Zirakparvar, N. Alex – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
This article describes a museum-based urban teacher-residency (UTR) program's approach to building subject-specific content knowledge and research experience in Earth Science teacher candidates. In the museum-based program, graduate-level science courses and research experiences are designed and implemented specifically for the UTR by active Earth…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Earth Science, Urban Schools, Teacher Education Programs