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McNeal, Karen S.; Hammerman, James K. L.; Christiansen, Jonathan A.; Carroll, F. Julian – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Climate change education in the southeastern United States can be challenging. Due to economic factors, as well as the conservative political and faith perspectives typical of the region, high proportions (40%) of the population are not engaged, not convinced, or doubt Earth's climate is changing or that climate change has anthropogenic causes.…
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Geographic Regions, Community Action
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McNeal, Karen S.; Walker, Scott L.; Rutherford, David – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
The southeastern United States (SEUS) faces numerous potential impacts from a changing climate; however, the population has been characterized with a predominance of naysayers and few climate policies have been implemented by state governments in the region. As such, public education is an important avenue for achieving a climate literate…
Descriptors: Climate, Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, College Faculty
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Clary, Renee M.; Sumrall, Jeanne L.; Rodgers, John C., III; Wandersee, James H. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The 2010 "Deepwater Horizon" oil spill greatly affected the Gulf Coast, and the news media reported information to wide audiences. Students enrolled in an online Environmental Geoscience course in fall 2010 voluntarily participated in a Gulf oil spill survey. More than 92% of the students (N = 77; 83 total enrollment), who were primarily…
Descriptors: Water Pollution, Fuels, Environmental Education, Earth Science
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Cid, Ximena C.; Lopez, Ramon E.; Lazarus, Steven M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
In this study we report on issues related to the use of color as a third dimension on graphical representations provided to students. We find that a majority of the students sampled have a preconceived color map regarding temperature, with blue indicating low temperatures and red indicating high temperatures. Attempts to transfer this particular…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physical Sciences, Undergraduate Students, Physics