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Earle, Steven – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2003
Describes an activity in which students are asked to write an essay on the Crustal Displacement hypothesis, an hypothesis that is inconsistent with the accepted understanding of crustal and mantle processes. The assignment is useful because it forces students to solidify their understanding of plate tectonics by applying their knowledge in a new…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Geology, Higher Education, Plate Tectonics
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Revetta, Frank A.; Das, Biman – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Suggests an integrated approach to make science teaching and learning more effective, interesting and motivating to students. Argues that team teaching by physics and geology departments enables students to learn concepts and principles of physics and apply them to solve geological problems facing the local community. Reports that a typical…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Geology, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ebert, James R.; Elliott, Nancy A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Students in a laboratory techniques course for preservice teachers were engaged in an activity that was designed to assess their skills in identifying geologic materials and model a situation that might be encountered by new teachers. Related activities were designed to give the preservice teachers practical experience in obtaining geologic…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Geology, Higher Education
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Vacher, H. L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Part of a series which aims to promote the use of mathematics in the undergraduate geosciences curriculum. Focuses on mathematical set theory and classification of rocks. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Classification, Earth Science, Higher Education, Mathematical Applications
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Wells, Neil A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Uses earthquakes to teach about the importance of collecting enough data and simplifying and visualizing them appropriately. Leads students relatively easily into a sophisticated yet enjoyable examination of large databases and creating hypotheses to explain the patterns that they unearth. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Data, Data Processing, Earth Science, Earthquakes
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Woltemade, Christopher J.; Stanitski-Martin, Diane – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Undergraduate students compared Next Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD) estimates of storm total precipitation to measurements from a network of 20 rain gauges. Student researchers gained valuable experience in field data collection, global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), Internet data access and downloading,…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Earth Science, Higher Education
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Miller, Martin G. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
At large universities, optional seminars that dovetail with large-enrollment courses can provide meaningful small-class experiences for students who want them. Describes a course offered in conjunction with a large-enrollment Geology of the National Parks course that allows in-depth discussion of course materials and related topics as well as…
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Geology, Higher Education, Large Group Instruction
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Harpp, Karen S.; Sweeney, William J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Reports on the design of a multi-week cooperative learning activity for an undergraduate introductory volcanology class which culminates in the simulation of a volcanic monitoring crisis. Suggests that this activity creates an effective and exciting learning environment in which students have the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to a more…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Geology, Higher Education, Natural Disasters
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Huntoon, Jacqueline E.; Ridky, Robert K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Describes a web-based, inquiry-oriented activity that enables students to examine long-term global climate change. Supports instruction in other topics such as population growth. (Contains 34 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Climate Change, Earth Science, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences
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Harris, Mark T. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Points out that course planning for a student-learning course must address cooperative learning and other strategies as well as how to integrate the instructional strategies. (Contains 23 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Grove, Karen – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Details the use of online homework assignments designed to more actively engage students in a general education geoscience course. Concludes that students come to class better prepared and that both groups benefit from a problem-based learning approach. (Contains 17 references.) (DDR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Computer Uses in Education, Earth Science, Geology
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Greenberg, Jeffrey K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Explains how basic mapping skills are taught in a large lab space using various arrangements of books to portray structural information. Reports an increase in student confidence and ability to synthesize data during field work. (DDR)
Descriptors: Cartography, Concept Formation, Earth Science, Field Instruction
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Young, Charles T. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Details the use of tabletop models that demonstrate concepts in direct current electrical resistivity, self-potential, and electromagnetic geophysical models. Explains how data profiles of the models are obtained. (DDR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Concept Formation, Earth Science, Geology
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Wampler, J. M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Analyzes how textbooks define and describe an earthquake focus or hypocenter. Provides examples from textbooks that reflect an absence of precision in words and diagrams that can foster misconceptions. Discusses the origin of the problems. (DDR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Earthquakes, Geology, Higher Education
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Francek, Mark – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2002
Provides a list of web sites that pertain to rivers that are practical, well organized, and have authentic content. (DDR)
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Higher Education, Internet, Learning Strategies
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