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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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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
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Hale, Annie E.; Shelton, Catharyn C.; Richter, Jennifer; Archambault, Leanna M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Coupling the study of sustainability with geoscience may enable students to explore science in a more sophisticated way by examining the social-technological-ecological relationships that exist between human-nonhuman and flora-fauna-land interactions. Elementary educators are a population capable of making these issues come to life for today's…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Sustainability, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Walker, Ryan; Clary, Renee M.; Wissehr, Cathy – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Environmental education (EE) facilitates students' scientific and environmental literacy, and addresses content areas including sustainability, ecology, and civic responsibility. However, U.S. science content compartmentalization and EE's interdisciplinary nature historically made it a fragmented curriculum within U.S. schools. To gain a better…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Sustainability, Teaching Methods, Ecology
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Pelch, Michael A.; McConnell, David A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
A general consensus exists among the leaders of both developed and developing nations that their citizens should be scientifically literate. Therefore, it is important for educational systems to provide students with access to pertinent scientific knowledge, an appreciation for the scientific processes, and the ability to evaluate scientific…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Student Attitudes, Relevance (Education)
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Bookhagen, Britta; Koeberl, Christian; Juang, Linda; DeRosa, Donald A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
As part of an outreach initiative by the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria, an interdisciplinary educational module was developed to teach students about sustainability through the lens of mineral resources used to produce mobile phones. The overall goal of the module is to provide teachers of different subjects with a multifaceted tool to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Sustainability, Mineralogy
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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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White, Timothy; Wymore, Adam; Dere, Ashlee; Hoffman, Adam; Washburne, James; Conklin, Martha – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Earth's critical zone (CZ) is the uppermost layer of Earth's continents, which supports ecosystems and humans alike. CZ science aims to understand how interactions among rock, soil, water, air, and terrestrial organisms influence Earth as a habitable system. Thus, CZ science provides the framework for a holistic-systems approach to teaching Earth…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Environmental Influences, Environmental Education, Earth Science
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Pallant, Amy; Lee, Hee-Sun – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
During the past several decades, there has been a growing awareness of the ways humans affect Earth systems. As global problems emerge, educating the next generation of citizens to be able to make informed choices related to future outcomes is increasingly important. The challenge for educators is figuring out how to prepare students to think…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Agriculture, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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Perrault, Evan K.; Clark, Scott K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Despite the increasing awareness that sustainability is an issue needing ongoing attention, and despite millions of dollars spent yearly at universities to promote sustainable behaviors, previous research has found college students have primarily a unidimensional understanding of what sustainability encompasses. The current research sought to…
Descriptors: College Students, Financial Support, Student Surveys, Definitions
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Metzger, Ellen P.; Curren, Randall R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Because challenges to sustainability arise at the intersection of human and biophysical systems they are inescapably embedded in social contexts and involve multiple stakeholders with diverse and often conflicting needs and value systems. Addressing complex and solution-resistant problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Ethics, Science Instruction, Geology
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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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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
Taylor, Zachary P.; Bennett, Drew E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Teaching ecosystem services provides an ideal opportunity to use inquiry-based learning to help students make connections between ecological, geological, and social systems. The idea of ecosystem services, or the benefits nature provides to society, has emerged as a key concept in a host of environmental fields and is just beginning to gain…
Descriptors: Ecology, Active Learning, Inquiry, Environmental Education
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