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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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Dalbotten, Diana; Ito, Emi; Myrbo, Amy; Pellerin, Holly; Greensky, Lowana; Howes, Thomas; Wold, Andrew; Breckenridge, Rachel; Drake, Christa; Bucar, Leslie; Kowalczak, Courtney; Lindner, Cameron; Olson, Carolyn; Ray, T. J.; Rhodes, Richard; Woods, Philip; Yellowman, Tom – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
The Manoomin ''wild rice'' Science Camp program, a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is an example of how a community-based participatory research project can become the catalyst for STEM learning for an entire community, providing…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Institutional Cooperation
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Kirkby, Kent C. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
One of my principal goals at the University of Minnesota is to transform the university's entry-level geoscience program into an effective ''concluding'' geoscience course that provides students with a clear understanding of the many interactions between Earth processes and human society. Although place-based learning appeared to be a promising…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Place Based Education, Earth Science, Urban Areas
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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
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Titus, Sarah; Horsman, Eric – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Three-dimensional spatial visualization is an essential skill for geoscientists. We conducted two evaluations of students' spatial skills to examine whether their skills improve after enrollment in a geology course or courses. First, we present results of pre- and post-course survey of abstract visualization skills used to characterize the range…
Descriptors: Geology, Spatial Ability, Visualization, Pretests Posttests