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Holley, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
This study reports on a case study-based curricular intervention designed to help undergraduate engineering students make connections between geoscience and its applications. Teaching through case studies resulted in a measurable and significant improvement in the confidence that students had in their ability to apply geoscience concepts in an…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Engineering Education, Case Studies, Earth Science
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Webb, Brian S.; Hayhoe, Doug – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Despite an overwhelming scientific consensus, a significant proportion of the American public continues to reject anthropogenic climate change. This disparity is particularly evident among evangelical Christians, for whom theological conservatism, general scientific skepticism, political affiliations, and sociocultural influences may impede their…
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Christianity, Climate, Student Attitudes
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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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Ormand, Carol J.; Shipley, Thomas F.; Tikoff, Basil; Dutrow, Barbara; Goodwin, Laurel B.; Hickson, Thomas; Atit, Kinnari; Gagnier, Kristin; Resnick, Ilyse – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Spatial visualization is an essential prerequisite for understanding geological features at all scales, such as the atomic structures of minerals, the geometry of a complex fault system, or the architecture of sedimentary deposits. Undergraduate geoscience majors bring a range of spatial skill levels to upper-level courses. Fortunately, spatial…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Visualization, Curriculum, Geology
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Liu, Juhong Christie; St. John, Kristen; Courtier, Anna M. Bishop – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Identifying instruments and surveys to address geoscience education research (GER) questions is among the high-ranked needs in a 2016 survey of the GER community (St. John et al., 2016). The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a student-centered assessment instrument to measure course experience in a general education integrated…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Measures (Individuals), General Education, Test Construction
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
Sherman-Morris, Kathleen; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
This study augments existing literature in understanding student perceptions about the geosciences; we examined the choice of major and science courses taken by 645 students at a large southeastern research university. Differences were examined between underrepresented minority (URM) and nonminority students. We compared responses regarding not…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Earth Science
Streule, M. J.; Craig, L. E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
The nature of field trips in geoscience lends them to the application of social learning theories for three key reasons. First, they provide opportunity for meaningful practical experience and promote effective learning afforded by no other educational vehicle in the subject. Second, they are integral for students creating a strong but changing…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Learning Theories, Socialization, Field Trips
Moss, Elizabeth; Cervato, Cinzia – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
As part of a campus-wide effort to transform introductory science courses to be more engaging and more accurately convey the excitement of discovery in science, the curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab course was redesigned. What had been a series of ''cookbook'' lab activities was transformed into a sequence of activities based on…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Educational Change, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning
Pallant, Amy; McIntyre, Cynthia; Stephens, A. Lynn – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
The National Science Foundation funded the "Transforming Remotely Conducted Research through Ethnography, Education, and Rapidly Evolving Technologies" (TREET) project to explore ways to utilize advances in technology and thus to provide opportunities for scientists and undergraduate students to engage in deep sea research. The…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Oceanography, Student Experience
Jacobs, Christian T.; Gorman, Gerard J.; Rees, Huw E.; Craig, Lorraine E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Computer programming was once thought of as a skill required only by professional software developers. But today, given the ubiquitous nature of computation and data science it is quickly becoming necessary for all scientists and engineers to have at least a basic knowledge of how to program. Teaching how to program, particularly to those students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods, Programming
Woods, Terri L.; Reed, Sarah; Hsi, Sherry; Woods, John A.; Woods, Michael R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Spatial thinking is often challenging for introductory geology students. A pilot study using the Augmented Reality sandbox (AR sandbox) suggests it can be a powerful tool for bridging the gap between two-dimensional (2D) representations and real landscapes, as well as enhancing the spatial thinking and modeling abilities of students. The AR…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Computer Simulation, Pilot Projects, Teaching Methods
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
Sikorski, Janelle J.; Briggs, Brandon R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Microbial processes in the deep biosphere affect marine sediments, such as the formation of gas hydrate deposits. Gas hydrate deposits offer a large source of natural gas with the potential to augment energy reserves and affect climate and seafloor stability. Despite the significant interdependence between life and geology in the ocean, coverage…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Geology, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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