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Littrell, Megan K.; Okochi, Christine; Gold, Anne U.; Leckey, Erin; Tayne, Kelsey; Lynds, Susan; Williams, Valerie; Wise, Sarah – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
The Lens on Climate Change (LOCC) is an informal, place-based science program designed to engage middle and high school students from underserved groups in learning and communicating about impacts of climate change on their communities. This student-driven experience involves identifying a local environmental challenge, researching the topic, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Place Based Education, Climate, Informal Education
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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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Bililign, Solomon – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Increasing diversity in the geosciences has remained a challenge, despite large investments made by federal agencies in minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and historically black universities and colleges (HBCUs). With increasing challenges associated with climate and environmental change and severe and frequent natural disasters that…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Science Education, College Science, Earth Science
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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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Kirchner, Nina; van Dongen, Eef; Gowan, Evan J.; Pattyn, Frank; Noormets, Riko; Jakobsson, Martin; Ingólfsson, Ólafur – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
GRANTISM (GReenland and ANTarctic Ice Sheet Model) is an educational Excel™ model introduced by Pattyn (2006). Here, GRANTISM is amended to simulate the Svalbard-Barents-Sea Ice Sheet during the Last Glacial Maximum, an analogue for the contemporary West Antarctic Ice Sheet. A new name, "GRANTSISM," is suggested; the added S represents…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Science Instruction, College Students
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Stokes, Alison; Harmer, Nichola – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
Active, student-centered pedagogies such as project-based learning (PjBL) can offer significant potential for engaging undergraduates with complex sustainability issues. Driven by institution-wide curriculum changes and informed by educational theories and evidence from previous studies, a trial PjBL activity was designed and delivered on three…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Undergraduate Students, Geography Instruction
Nussbaum, E. Michael; Cordova, Jacqueline R.; Rehmat, Abeera P. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Refutation texts, which are texts that rebut scientific misconceptions and explain the normative concept, can be effective devices for addressing misconceptions and affecting conceptual change. However, few, if any, refutation texts specifically related to climate change have been validated for effectiveness. In this project, we developed and…
Descriptors: Climate, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Instructional Materials
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Coleman, Kimberly; Murdoch, James; Rayback, Shelly; Seidl, Amy; Wallin, Kimberly – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
College and university faculty are increasingly being called upon to teach about sustainability. Many of these faculty members are incorporating content related to climate change because climate change is arguably the biggest threat to global sustainability. However, the concept of sustainability is complex, interdisciplinary, and potentially…
Descriptors: Climate, Service Learning, College Instruction, Higher Education
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Walsh, Emily O.; Davis, Emily Calhoun – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The complex consequences of current consumption practices, such as climate change and ecosystem degradation, necessitate increased interdisciplinary exploration. In order to raise student awareness of these consumption-related issues, we designed a first-year team-taught seminar on sustainability. This innovative interdisciplinary course links…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Geology, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Felzmann, Dirk – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Glaciers and ice ages are important topics in teaching geomorphology, earth history, and climate change. As with many geoscience topics, glacier formation, glacier movement, glacial morphology, and ice ages consist of a wide variety of processes and phenomena. Accordingly, it must be decided which of those processes and phenomena should be part of…
Descriptors: Climate, Geology, Earth Science, Science Instruction
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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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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
Todd, Claire; O'Brien, Kevin J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Anthropogenic climate change is a complicated issue involving scientific data and analyses as well as political, economic, and ethical issues. In order to capture this complexity, we developed an interdisciplinary student and faculty collaboration by (1) offering introductory lectures on scientific and ethical methods to two classes, (2) assigning…
Descriptors: Climate, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, Critical Thinking
Bush, Drew; Sieber, Renee; Seiler, Gale; Chandler, Mark – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
A gap has existed between the tools and processes of scientists working on anthropogenic global climate change (AGCC) and the technologies and curricula available to educators teaching the subject through student inquiry. Designing realistic scientific inquiry into AGCC poses a challenge because research on it relies on complex computer models,…
Descriptors: Climate, Earth Science, Curriculum Design, Science Curriculum