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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
Sikorski, Janelle J.; Briggs, Brandon R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Microbial processes in the deep biosphere affect marine sediments, such as the formation of gas hydrate deposits. Gas hydrate deposits offer a large source of natural gas with the potential to augment energy reserves and affect climate and seafloor stability. Despite the significant interdependence between life and geology in the ocean, coverage…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Geology, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
Teed, Rebecca; Franco, Suzanne – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
An Earth science professional-development program for in-service middle- and high-school teachers increased participants' content knowledge about weather, climate, and climate change in addition to increasing their confidence in their assessment and teaching skills. The curriculum and funding gave them time, funding, and the help of content and…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools
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Goldsmith, Steven T.; Trierweiler, Annette M.; Welch, Susan A.; Bancroft, Alyssa M.; Von Bargen, Justin M.; Carey, Anne E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
Recent initiatives in geosciences education have focused on interactive and inquiry-based learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. While the concept is sound, examples and datasets seldom focus on opportunities to which the students can immediately relate. Herein we show how a university tradition has been transformed into an…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, College Science, Student Research
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Yacobucci, Margaret M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
This paper presents an instructional strategy for engaging students with the critical exploration of values in introductory geoscience courses. It is argued that the consideration of values (i.e., abstract expressions of desirable qualities such as cooperation, security, curiosity, and honesty) is an integral part of scientific practice and…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Introductory Courses, Critical Thinking, Portfolio Assessment
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Hedley, Mikell Lynne; Templin, Mark A.; Czaljkowski, Kevin; Czerniak, Charlene – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
Many 21st century careers rely on geospatial skills; yet, curricula and professional development lag behind in incorporating these skills. As a result, many teachers have limited experience or preparation for teaching geospatial skills. One strategy for overcoming such problems is the creation of a student/teacher/scientist (STS) partnership…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, High School Students, At Risk Students, Summer Programs
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Fortner, Sarah K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
A classroom of eighteen fourth and fifth graders in the Columbus, Ohio Public School system successfully evaluated how people obtain fossil fuels, how they are limited in nature, and how they can develop renewable energy solutions. Students modeled oil-drilling using: chocolate syrup, rice cereal, a baster, and a clear container. Chocolate oil…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Energy
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Elkins, Joe T. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Electronic course materials, such a videos, PowerPoint presentations, and animations, have become essential educational tools in classroom-based geoscience courses to enhance students' introduction to basic geological concepts. However, during field trips, the ability to offer students these electronic conceptual supports is lacking where students…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Geology, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology