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d'Alessio, Matthew A.; Schwartz, Joshua J.; Pedone, Vicki; Pavia, Jenni; Fleck, Jenna; Lundquist, Loraine – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Promoting collaboration and discourse in asynchronous online courses is challenging; students need something engaging to talk about, a communications medium in which to fluidly discuss it, and a social environment that supports discourse. We designed a fully online introductory geoscience lecture and lab course called Geology Goes Hollywood that…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Online Courses, Cooperative Learning, Asynchronous Communication
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Egger, Anne E.; Kastens, Kim A.; Turrin, Margaret K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasize how human activities affect the Earth and how Earth processes impact humans, placing the concept of sustainability within the Earth and Space Sciences. We ask: how prepared are future teachers to address sustainability and systems thinking as encoded in the NGSS? And how can geoscientists…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Earth Science, Teacher Education Programs, Introductory Courses
Dykas, Matthew J.; Valentino, David W. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
This study examined the factors that contribute to students' success in conducting geological field work. Undergraduate students (n = 49; 51% female; mean age = 22 y) who were enrolled in the 5-wk State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) geology field program volunteered to participate in this study. At the beginning of the field…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science
Bodzin, Alec M.; Anastasio, David; Sharif, Rajhida; Rutzmoser, Scott – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Learning with Web-based geographic information system (Web GIS) can promote geospatial thinking and analysis of georeferenced data. Web GIS can enable learners to analyze rich data sets to understand spatial relationships that are managed in georeferenced data visualizations. We developed a Web GIS plate tectonics simulation as a capstone learning…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Geographic Information Systems, Geographic Location, Geographic Concepts
Blake, Reginald A.; Liou-Mark, Janet; Blackburn, Noel; Chan, Christopher; Yuen-Lau, Laura – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
To engender and raise awareness to the geosciences, a geoscience research project and a corresponding geoscience internship program were designed around plume dispersion dynamics within and above the New York City subway system. Federal, regional, and local agencies partnered with undergraduate students from minority-serving institutions to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Internship Programs, Earth Science, Research Projects
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Hall, R. Trevor; Jensen, Ryan R.; McLean, Daniel D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
One of the challenges of traditional student learning, from an instructor's perspective, involves achieving an understanding of how students learn. Q-method is an effective approach to improve understanding of human subjectivity, and, as this research suggests, it is an appropriate tool to assist educators to better understand how students learn.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Geology, Learning Processes, Q Methodology
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Delgado, Cesar – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
People make sense of the world by comparing and relating new information to their existing landmarks. Each individual may have different landmarks, developed through idiosyncratic experiences. Identifying specific events that constitute landmarks for a group of learners may help instructors in gauging students' prior knowledge and in planning…
Descriptors: Time, Undergraduate Students, Pretests Posttests, Accuracy
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Maria, Anton H.; Millam, Evan L.; Wright, Carrie L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2011
As an aid for teaching phase equilibria to undergraduate students of igneous and metamorphic petrology, we have designed a laboratory exercise that allows them to create a phase diagram from data produced by differential scanning calorimetry. By preparing and analyzing samples of naphthalene and phenanthrene, students acquire hands-on insight into…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students
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Baber, Lorenzo D.; Pifer, Meghan J.; Colbeck, Carol; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
Using a conceptual framework constructed around self-efficacy, this study explores specific recruitment programs that may contribute to the development of self-efficacy for students of color in the geosciences. This mixed methods study of geoscience education includes quantitative analysis of the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Science…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Self Efficacy, Models
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Clary, Renee M.; Brzusek, Robert F.; Wandersee, James H. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Students in a Landscape Architecture Design 1 course (N = 25) at a research university in the southern US developed design solutions implementing geologic time for an informal education site. Those students who employed abstract metaphors for their designs (n = 8) were more successful than students who proceeded with a linear design construct.…
Descriptors: Architecture, Earth Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction