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Coleman, Kimberly; Murdoch, James; Rayback, Shelly; Seidl, Amy; Wallin, Kimberly – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
College and university faculty are increasingly being called upon to teach about sustainability. Many of these faculty members are incorporating content related to climate change because climate change is arguably the biggest threat to global sustainability. However, the concept of sustainability is complex, interdisciplinary, and potentially…
Descriptors: Climate, Service Learning, College Instruction, Higher Education
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Kastens, Kim A.; Manduca, Cathryn A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Many geoscience education initiatives now involve cross-departmental or multi-institutional programs. However, the geoscientists who lead such programs typically have little experience or training in program design, leadership, or evaluation. In this commentary, we make the case that geoscientists taking on these ambitious leadership roles can…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Educational Innovation, Earth Science, Science Education
Wolfe, Benjamin A.; Riggs, Eric M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Meeting the future demand for a qualified geoscience workforce will require efforts to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of an increasingly diverse student body. Doing this successfully requires renewed attention to the needs and characteristics of underrepresented students, which include ethnic and cultural minorities, women, and…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Disproportionate Representation, Equal Education, STEM Education
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Cheek, Kim A.; LaDue, Nicole D.; Shipley, Thomas F. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Geoscientists analyze and integrate spatial and temporal information at a range of scales to understand Earth processes. Despite this, the concept of scale is ill defined and taught unevenly across the K-16 continuum. This literature review focuses on two meanings of scale: one as the magnitude of the extent of a dimension and the other as a…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Spatial Ability, Time, Scientific Concepts
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Manduca, Cathryn A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) higher education is in need of improved teaching methods to increase learning for all students. Faculty professional development programs are a widespread strategy for fostering this improvement. Studies of faculty development programs have focused on program design and the impact of…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, STEM Education, Research Design, Research Needs
Sherman-Morris, Kathleen; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
This study augments existing literature in understanding student perceptions about the geosciences; we examined the choice of major and science courses taken by 645 students at a large southeastern research university. Differences were examined between underrepresented minority (URM) and nonminority students. We compared responses regarding not…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Earth Science
Stofer, Kathryn A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
The oft-repeated phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" supposes that an image can replace a profusion of words to more easily express complex ideas. For scientific visualizations that represent profusions of numerical data, however, an untranslated academic visualization suffers the same pitfalls untranslated jargon does. Previous…
Descriptors: Visualization, Pattern Recognition, Semi Structured Interviews, Oceanography
Yuretich, Richard F.; Kanner, Lisa C. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
The problem of effective learning in college classrooms, especially in a large lecture setting, has been a topic of discussion for a considerable span of time. Most efforts to improve learning incorporate various forms of student-active learning, such as in-class investigations or problems, group discussions, collaborative examinations and…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, College Students, Higher Education
Johnson, Adam N.; Sievert, Regina; Durglo, Michael, Sr.; Finley, Vernon; Adams, Louis; Hofmann, Michael H. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
We investigated connections between the natural and the cultural history of the Flathead Indian Reservation through the integration of geoscience, traditional tribal knowledge, and oral narratives for the purpose of improving Earth Science education in the tribal community. The project served as an avenue for the incorporation of indigenous…
Descriptors: Reservation American Indians, American Indian Culture, American Indian History, Earth Science
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Sullivan, Susan M. Buhr; Ledley, Tamara Shapiro; Lynds, Susan E.; Gold, Anne U. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Results from a series of surveys describe dimensions of middle and high school science teachers' preparation for and practices around climate science instruction in the classroom. Descriptions are drawn from 877 respondents to four surveys of US middle and high school science teachers from 2009-2011. Most respondents had engaged in self-directed…
Descriptors: Climate, Science Instruction, Middle School Teachers, High Schools
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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
Johnson, Nicholas D.; Lang, Nicholas P.; Zophy, Kelley T. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2011
Educational technologies such as Google Earth have the potential to increase student learning and participation in geoscience classrooms. However, little has been written about tying the use of such software with effective assessment. To maximize Google Earth's learning potential for students, educators need to craft appropriate, research-based…
Descriptors: Internet, Maps, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Cheek, Kim A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
Seventy-nine studies in geoscience conceptions appeared in peer-reviewed publications in English from 1982 through July 2009. Summaries of the 79 studies suggest certain recurring themes across subject areas: issues with terms, scale (temporal and spatial), role of prior experience, and incorrect application of everyday knowledge to geoscience…
Descriptors: Geology, Earth Science, Educational Research, Journal Articles
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Slattery, William; Brame, Roderic – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2003
Discusses the Master of Science in Teaching Earth Science graduate program. Describes some changes it has undergone in the past 30 years due to the development of standards and competency tests. Concludes that participation in this Master's-level professional development program has positively impacted enrollment figures, teacher understanding of…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Higher Education, Masters Degrees, Professional Development
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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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