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Sherman-Morris, Kathleen; Clary, Renee M.; McNeal, Karen S.; Diaz-Ramirez, Jairo; Brown, Michael E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Summer camps have proven to be effective tools to engage students in the geosciences. Findings from this study highlight perceptions and experiences of middle school students from predominantly African American school districts in Mississippi who attended a 3-d residence camp focused on increasing interest in the geosciences through an earth…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, African American Students, Middle School Students, Resident Camp Programs
Houser, Chris; Garcia, Sonia; Torres, Janet – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Summer research experiences are an increasingly popular means of increasing awareness of, and developing interest in, the geosciences and other science, technology, engineering, and math programs. We describe and report the preliminary results of a 1-wk Geosciences Exploration Summer Program in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Earth Science, Summer Science Programs, Science Education
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Foley, J. M.; Bruno, B. C.; Tolman, R. T.; Kagami, R. S.; Hsia, M. H.; Mayer, B.; Inazu, J. K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
To support teachers in enhancing ocean literacy, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) has developed a series of portable, hands-on science kits on selected topics in oceanography. This paper provides an overview of kit content, describes how the kits were developed, and evaluates their efficacy as a curriculum…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Science Instruction, Hands on Science, Instructional Materials
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Todd, Carrie E. Davis; Goeke, Elizabeth R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Capstone experiences are typically the culmination of an undergraduate program and allow students to integrate their content knowledge with communication and technical skills, many of which are desirable in the job market and graduate school. Learner-centered teaching fits well with a capstone course because it requires students to be more engaged…
Descriptors: Field Trips, Student Centered Learning, Geology, Curriculum
Ellins, Katherine K.; Olson, Hilary Clement – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics and Huston-Tillotson University collaborated on a proof of concept project to offer a geoscience course to undergraduate students and preservice teachers in order to expand the scope of geoscience education within the local minority student and teacher population. Students were exposed to rigorous…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Preservice Teachers, Minority Group Students, Pretests Posttests
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Rathburn, Sara L.; Weinberg, Andrea E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2011
The GetWET Observatory was developed as part of an overall course redesign of the Introductory Geology Laboratory at Colorado State University to improve student learning of key surface and groundwater concepts for nonmajors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Consisting of six groundwater monitoring wells, the GetWET Observatory…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Laboratories, Geology
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Mora, Germán – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
Although active learning methodologies have been implemented in geoscience classes successfully, no direct comparison between these different instructional techniques exists to date. For that reason, the purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness in student learning of two active learning methods: peer instruction and lecture…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Active Learning, Introductory Courses, Geology
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Arthurs, Leilani; Templeton, Alexis – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Interactive engagement pedagogies that emerge from a constructivist model of teaching and learning are often a challenge to implement in larger classes for a number of reasons including the physical layout of the classroom (e.g. fixed chairs in an amphitheater-style room), the logistics of organizing a large number of students into small…
Descriptors: Geology, College Science, Science Instruction, Environmental Education