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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
Gold, Anne U.; Kirk, Karin; Morrison, Deb; Lynds, Susan; Sullivan, Susan Buhr; Grachev, Andrey; Persson, Ola – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Science education can build a bridge between research carried out by scientists and relevant learning opportunities for students. The Broader Impact requirements for scientists by funding agencies facilitate this connection. We propose and test a model curriculum development process in which scientists, curriculum developers, and classroom…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Education, Curriculum Development, Academic Standards
Kelley, Daniel F.; Sumrall, Jeanne L.; Sumrall, Jonathan B. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
During the summer of 2012, the Louisiana State University (LSU) field camp program was affected by close proximity to the large Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, CO, as well as by a fire incident on the field camp property. A mapping exercise was created that incorporated spatial data acquired on the LSU property to investigate research…
Descriptors: Geology, Majors (Students), College Students, Map Skills
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Ellwein, Amy L.; Hartley, Laurel M.; Donovan, Sam; Billick, Ian – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Authentic scientific data, when richly contextualized, can provide the basis for compelling learning experiences. Many undergraduate students either do not have access to primary data, or if they do, the data are so abstract that student engagement is limited. Here, we describe contextual information and data-rich, student-centered activities we…
Descriptors: Climate, Ecology, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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Greenberg, Jeffrey K.; Hefley, Daniel; Brice, Peter; Hoti, Arben; Engel, Allison; Erkman, Caleb; Yates, Jonie; Webb, Forrest; O'Rourke, Katie; Ademi, Kaltrina – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Geology is increasingly involved in the planning and implementation of community development projects throughout the globe. A partnership among the Water For Life organization, Wheaton College in Illinois, and the village of Tushile in Kosovo during the past few years has proven to be successful in potentially sustainable improvements, including…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Earth Science, Science Instruction, Partnerships in Education
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Gilbert, Lisa A.; Stempien, Jennifer; McConnell, David A.; Budd, David A.; van der Hoeven Kraft, Katrien J.; Bykerk-Kauffman, Ann; Jones, Megan H.; Knight, Catharine C.; Matheney, Ronald K.; Perkins, Dexter; Wirth, Karl R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Do students really enroll in Introductory Geology because they think it is "rocks for jocks"? In this study, we examine the widely held assumption that students view geology as a qualitative and remedial option for fulfilling a general education requirement. We present the first quantitative characterization of a large number of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Geology, Student Attitudes
Sexton, Julie M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Rivers are important surficial geologic processes that shape Earth's landscape. Students' conceptions of river features and processes serve as a foundation for their learning of new river concepts. Despite the importance of rivers and students' conceptions of them, little research has focused on identifying students' river conceptions. This study…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Natural Resources, Earth Science
Laursen, Sandra L.; Brickley, Annette – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2011
Scientists' involvement in education has increased in recent years due to mechanisms such as the National Science Foundation's "broader impacts" expectations for research projects. The best investment of their effort lies in sharing their expertise on the nature and processes of science; film is one medium by which this can be done…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Documentaries, Films
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Rathburn, Sara L.; Weinberg, Andrea E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2011
The GetWET Observatory was developed as part of an overall course redesign of the Introductory Geology Laboratory at Colorado State University to improve student learning of key surface and groundwater concepts for nonmajors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Consisting of six groundwater monitoring wells, the GetWET Observatory…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Laboratories, Geology
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Hallar, A. Gannet; McCubbin, Ian B.; Hallar, Brittan; Levine, Roger; Stockwell, William R.; Lopez, Jimena P.; Wright, Jennifer M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
Ethnic and racial minorities constitute an important part of the geosciences community because of their diverse perspectives and backgrounds. However, the geosciences have the poorest diversity record of all the science and engineering fields. Recruitment of minorities is important and numerous programs are focusing on engaging students in…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Student Recruitment, Minority Group Students
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Wise, Sarah B. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
A large online survey of Colorado public school science teachers (n = 628) on the topic of climate change instruction was conducted in 2007. A majority of Earth science teachers were found to include climate and climate change in their courses. However, the majority of teachers of other science subjects only informally discuss climate change, if…
Descriptors: Climate, Earth Science, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
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Benson, Robert G. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
Geospatial skills are critical to effective geologic mapping, and many geoscience students experience challenges in developing good geologic interpretation and projection skills. A physical (non-virtual) underground mine mapping simulation in a building on the Adams State College campus in Alamosa, Colorado, provides an excellent cost-effective…
Descriptors: Geology, Earth Science, Maps, Spatial Ability