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Houser, Chris; Nunez, Judy; Miller, Kate – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The adoption of enrollment-based budgeting at many institutions poses serious problems for geoscience programs that have been facing enrollment challenges in recent years, particularly in response to drops in the price of oil and gas. This commentary describes the impetus for, and results of, the Pathways to the Geosciences program at Texas…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Community Colleges, Enrollment, Student Recruitment
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Houser, Chris; Bishop, Michael P.; Lemmons, Kelly – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Conceptual models have long served as a means for physical geographers to organize their understanding of feedback mechanisms and complex systems. Analytical reasoning provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop conceptual models based upon their understanding of surface processes and environmental conditions. This study…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, College Science
Houser, Chris; Garcia, Sonia; Torres, Janet – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Summer research experiences are an increasingly popular means of increasing awareness of, and developing interest in, the geosciences and other science, technology, engineering, and math programs. We describe and report the preliminary results of a 1-wk Geosciences Exploration Summer Program in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Earth Science, Summer Science Programs, Science Education
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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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Montgomery, Homer; Donaldson, Katherine – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
This study is a research project focused on the implementation of problem-based learning in an honors, paleontology-oriented, Earth Science course. The course, the Age of Dinosaurs, is taught at the University of Texas at Dallas to undergraduates from a range of majors who seek core-curriculum science credit. All class work is centered on fossils…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Paleontology, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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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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Ellins, K. K.; Snow, E.; Olson, H. C.; Stocks, E.; Willis, M.; Olson, J.; Odell, M. R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The Texas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution was a 5-y teacher professional development project that aimed to increase teachers' content knowledge in Earth science and preparing them to teach a 12th-grade capstone Earth and Space Science course, which is new to the Texas curriculum. The National Science Foundation-supported project was…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Grade 12, Earth Science, Space Sciences
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Wallace, Davin J.; Witus, Alexandra E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
Incorporating technology into courses is becoming a common practice in universities. However, in the geosciences, it is difficult to find technology that can easily be transferred between classroom- and field-based settings. The iPad is ideally suited to bridge this gap. Here, we fully integrate the iPad as an educational tool into two…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Technology Uses in Education, Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Hopper, Larry J., Jr.; Schumacher, Courtney; Stachnik, Justin P. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The Student Operational Aggie Doppler Radar Project (SOAP) involved 95 undergraduates in a research and education program to better understand the climatology of storms in southeast Texas from 2006-2010. This paper describes the structure, components, and implementation of the 1-credit-hour research course, comparing first-year participants'…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Program Implementation, Student Experience, Climate