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Jackson, Danielle; Kaveh, Haydeh; Victoria, Judith; Walker, Andy; Bursztyn, Natalie – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Studies have consistently documented that introductory geoscience students struggle with visualizing features presented on topographic maps. This is a problem that has the potential to increase in a digital age when engagement with maps consists primarily of GPS navigation via smartphones. Since the first augmented reality (AR) sandbox in 2012,…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Science Instruction, Science Activities
Gates, Alexander E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
A simulated physical model of volcanic processes using a glass art studio greatly enhanced enthusiasm and learning among urban, middle- to high-school aged, largely underrepresented minority students in Newark, New Jersey. The collaboration of a geoscience department with a glass art studio to create a science, technology, engineering, arts, and…
Descriptors: Physical Geography, Disproportionate Representation, Earth Science, STEM Education
Ryker, Katherine D.; McConnell, David A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Many agencies, organizations, and researchers have called for the incorporation of inquiry-based learning in college classrooms. Providing inquiry-based activities in laboratory courses is one way to promote reformed, student-centered teaching in introductory geoscience courses. However, the literature on inquiry has relatively few geoscience…
Descriptors: Geology, Laboratory Manuals, Inquiry, Active Learning
Taylor, Zachary P.; Bennett, Drew E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Teaching ecosystem services provides an ideal opportunity to use inquiry-based learning to help students make connections between ecological, geological, and social systems. The idea of ecosystem services, or the benefits nature provides to society, has emerged as a key concept in a host of environmental fields and is just beginning to gain…
Descriptors: Ecology, Active Learning, Inquiry, Environmental Education
Woods, Terri L.; Reed, Sarah; Hsi, Sherry; Woods, John A.; Woods, Michael R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Spatial thinking is often challenging for introductory geology students. A pilot study using the Augmented Reality sandbox (AR sandbox) suggests it can be a powerful tool for bridging the gap between two-dimensional (2D) representations and real landscapes, as well as enhancing the spatial thinking and modeling abilities of students. The AR…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Computer Simulation, Pilot Projects, Teaching Methods
Clark, Lynn; Majumdar, Saswati; Bhattacharjee, Joydeep; Hanks, Anne Case – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
This paper is an examination of a teacher professional development program in northeast Louisiana, that provided 30 teachers and their students with the technology, skills, and content knowledge to collect data and explore weather trends. Data were collected from both continuous monitoring weather stations and simple school-based weather stations…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Rural Education, Teacher Education, Professional Development
Reichert, Collin; Cervato, Cinzia; Niederhauser, Dale; Larsen, Michael D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
In this paper we describe student use of a series of connected online problem-solving activities to remediate atmospheric carbon budget misconceptions held by undergraduate university students. In particular, activities were designed to address a common misconception about conservation of mass when students assume a simplistic, direct relationship…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Conservation (Concept), Science Education, Introductory Courses
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Seraphin, Kanesa Duncan – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
The ways in which people view the world, and by extension the ways in which they learn, are shaped by cultural context. As educators striving to build scientific literacy among our students, it is critical to bridge the gaps among disparate cultures, traditional ways of knowing, and Western science. Understanding the value of traditional knowledge…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Scientific Literacy, Science Instruction, Earth Science
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Surpless, Benjamin; Bushey, Michelle; Halx, Mark – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Although science educators at all levels have focused on teaching students scientific literacy for nearly five decades, studies indicate that the average student remains far from scientifically literate. To address this issue at the local level, faculty at Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas, significantly revised the curriculum of an…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, Geology, Science Laboratories
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DeFelice, Amy; Adams, Jennifer D.; Branco, Brett; Pieroni, Pieranna – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
High school students in a large urban area, undergraduate students, and geoscience faculty at a local college used a placebased pedagogical approach to engage in real geoscience problem-based inquiry in a local urban park. The overarching goals of this project were to learn the potential of place-based geoscience research experiences to: influence…
Descriptors: High School Students, Disproportionate Representation, Urban Schools, Environmental Education
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Gutiérrez, Mélida; Baker, Becky – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
A class exercise was designed for a college-level geochemistry class to promote inquiry and student participation. In this exercise, real soil data available online was analyzed to evaluate geochemical associations among different soil orders and as a screening tool for anthropogenic metal contamination. Students were asked to read a peer-reviewed…
Descriptors: College Students, Geology, Chemistry, Soil Science
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King, Chris; Kennett, Peter; Devon, Elizabeth – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
Earthlearningidea was developed, without funding, to publish a new Web-based earth science teaching idea every week during the International Year of Planet Earth (2008); during 2009, publication continued, but at monthly intervals. The activities were mostly practically based and were aimed particularly at teachers and teacher educators in the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Earth Science, Science Instruction
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Sellés-Martínez, José – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The presence of geosciences in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools in Argentina has been highly dependent on educational policies that change frequently under political circumstances. Subjects related to geology, geophysics, meteorology, and astronomy make their appearance and disappear under the influence of educational initiatives…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Educational Strategies, Geology, Universities
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Meyer, Xenia S.; Capps, Daniel K.; Crawford, Barbara A.; Ross, Robert – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Traditional school science instruction has been largely unsuccessful in reaching diverse student groups and students from, in particular, underrepresented backgrounds. This paper presents a case study of an urban, dual-language middle school classroom in which the teacher used an alternative instructional approach, involving her students in an…
Descriptors: Geology, Scientific Principles, Minority Group Students, Urban Schools
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Koretsky, Carla M.; Petcovic, Heather L.; Rowbotham, Katherine L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
A field-based environmental geochemistry course was developed at Western Michigan University for undergraduate geosciences and environmental studies students to (1) improve student understanding of complex environmental systems, specifically targeting lake systems; (2) facilitate student development of professional-level, field- and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Geology, Chemistry, Environmental Education
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