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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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Jackson, Danielle; Kaveh, Haydeh; Victoria, Judith; Walker, Andy; Bursztyn, Natalie – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Studies have consistently documented that introductory geoscience students struggle with visualizing features presented on topographic maps. This is a problem that has the potential to increase in a digital age when engagement with maps consists primarily of GPS navigation via smartphones. Since the first augmented reality (AR) sandbox in 2012,…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Science Instruction, Science Activities
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Fairfax, Emily; Brown, Megan R. M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
People with disabilities are chronically underrepresented in many geoscience departments across the country. There are a number of proposed reasons why this under-representation persists, one of which is lack of instructor training in designing accessible curriculum and making high-quality accommodations. This not only puts students with…
Descriptors: Geology, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Laboratories
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Beane, Rachel; McNeal, Karen S.; Macdonald, R. Heather – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
What is the extent to which college and university geoscience faculty report using education practices that contribute to more inclusive learning environments and engage a diverse population of students? In the 2016 National Geoscience Faculty Survey, faculty answered questions about their practices in a specific introductory or major course they…
Descriptors: Earth Science, College Faculty, Teacher Surveys, Educational Practices
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Jin, Lixin; Doser, Diane; Lougheed, Vanessa; Walsh, Elizabeth J.; Hamdan, Lina; Zarei, Maryam; Corral, Guadalupe – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
The Training in Environmental Research and Academic Success (TIERA) program was created to increase recruitment and retention of environmental science majors at the University of Texas at El Paso, where ~80% of students self-declare Hispanic origin, providing a unique opportunity to increase diversity in the future STEM workforce. Through…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Mentors, Student Recruitment, School Holding Power
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Moss, Elizabeth; Cervato, Cinzia; Genschel, Ulrike; Ihrig, Lori; Ogilvie, Craig A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
This study examines the effects of an extended authentic research experience on students' understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and self-efficacy toward science. The curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab was transformed to include a six-week, student-driven research project focused on local groundwater and surface water issues.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Scientific Principles, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy
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Kluver, Daria B.; Robertson, Wendy M.; Agardy, Rachael – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
A clear understanding of climate change and its impacts on society is an integral component of scientific literacy today. However, college students in introductory and lower division science courses often struggle to connect with this material in a meaningful way when they do not see how it is relevant to their daily lives. To address this…
Descriptors: Climate, Educational Games, Introductory Courses, Role Playing
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Styers, Diane M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The abundance of freely available, scientific big data sets can facilitate discovery-based authentic science projects saving time, money, and effort. This is especially true of remotely sensed data, as there is global coverage of Earth's surface spanning several decades that can be used for a multitude of applications. In this article, I present…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Active Learning
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Czajka, Charles Doug; McConnell, David – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
Past research has evaluated how preservice teachers, high school students, and introductory college students conceptualize geologic or deep time. The ability to think on geologic timescales is regarded as an important skill in the study of geology, yet little work has specifically addressed how student understanding of this concept evolves during…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Geology, Student Attitudes, Time
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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
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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
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Giorgis, Scott; Mahlen, Nancy; Anne, Kirk – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The augmented reality (AR) sandbox bridges the gap between two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visualization by projecting a digital topographic map onto a sandbox landscape. As the landscape is altered, the map dynamically adjusts, providing an opportunity to discover how to read topographic maps. We tested the hypothesis that the AR…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Nonmajors, Topography
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Koffman, Bess G.; Kreutz,Karl J.; Trenbath, Kim – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
We present a strategy for using scientific argumentation in an early undergraduate laboratory course to teach disciplinary writing practices and to promote critical thinking, knowledge transformation, and understanding of the scientific method. The approach combines targeted writing instruction; data analysis and interpretation; formulation of a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Technical Writing
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Undersander, Molly A.; Kettler, Richard M.; Stains, Marilyne – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Concept inventories have been determined to be useful assessment tools for evaluating students' knowledge, particularly in the sciences. However, these assessment tools must be validated to reflect as accurately as possible students' understanding of concepts. One possible threat to this validation is what previous literature calls the item order…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Test Items, Scientific Concepts, Science Tests
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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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