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Mead, Chris; Buxner, Sanlyn; Bruce, Geoffrey; Taylor, Wendy; Semken, Steven; Anbar, Ariel D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Field learning is considered an essential part of geoscience education, yet there are many practical challenges that limit broad and equitable access to field learning. Virtual field experiences can now help to broaden access to field learning. This work details the learning design and technical components of immersive, interactive virtual field…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Simulation
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Dolphin, Glenn; Dutchak, Alex; Karchewski, Brandon; Cooper, Jon – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Recent literature has demonstrated the importance of fieldwork in geology. However, as resources become scarce, field experiences are often targeted for cuts. This was the case at the University of Calgary when massive enrollments placed a tremendous burden on resources. In courses throughout, field trips and other excursions were eliminated,…
Descriptors: Geology, Computer Simulation, Field Trips, Simulated Environment
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Hannula, Kimberly A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Geoscientists use spatial thinking skills in many common tasks, such as adding a third dimension to two-dimensional maps by drawing cross-sections or envisioning rock fabrics from a single hand sample or exposure. Field courses allow students to practice and develop those skills in authentic settings. This study examines the development of spatial…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Field Instruction, Spatial Ability
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Arthurs, Leilani A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Despite the need for public understanding about groundwater resources, groundwater is among those topics that instructors most struggle to teach at pre-college and college levels. Although constructivist theories suggest student-held conceptions can be used as teaching tools for active learning, there remains a question about how to draw out and…
Descriptors: Water, Earth Science, College Instruction, Science Instruction
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Lally, Diane; Forbes, Cory T.; McNeal, Karen S.; Soltis, Nicholas A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Scientific modeling and systems thinking (SMST) is central to the geosciences, yet few studies have documented how and to what extent undergraduate geoscience courses emphasize SMST, as well as factors that might help explain or predict these trends. Here, we present research based on data (n = 2056) from the most recent (2016) administration of…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Science Teachers, Earth Science
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Schiappa, Tamra A.; Smith, Langdon – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Multidisciplinary field investigations courses offer exciting alternatives to traditional learning. They offer a more holistic view of Earth and an opportunity for students to experience the relationships between all of the different elements instead of just one individual segment. We designed a multidisciplinary field investigations course for…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Field Experience Programs, Geology
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Gilbert, Lisa A.; Gross, Deborah S.; Kreutz, Karl J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Grand challenges such as energy, water, and food scarcity limit our growing population's ability to live sustainably on Earth. Such complex societal challenges, which interconnect many human and natural systems, will require today's students to apply approaches that go beyond simple cause and effect. To help instructors teach students how to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Al-Ismaily, Said S.; Kacimov, Anvar R.; Al-Maktoumi, Ali K.; Al-Busaidi, Hamad A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Revising standard structured academic programs by incorporating research throughout the curriculum is a modern trend at universities worldwide. There are numerous publications on inquiry-based learning (IBL) in individual courses, but few provide evidence both of success at the program level and of synergy in the teaching--research nexus. Our…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Direct Instruction, Inquiry
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d'Alessio, Matthew A.; Schwartz, Joshua J.; Pedone, Vicki; Pavia, Jenni; Fleck, Jenna; Lundquist, Loraine – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Promoting collaboration and discourse in asynchronous online courses is challenging; students need something engaging to talk about, a communications medium in which to fluidly discuss it, and a social environment that supports discourse. We designed a fully online introductory geoscience lecture and lab course called Geology Goes Hollywood that…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Online Courses, Cooperative Learning, Asynchronous Communication
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d'Alessio, Matthew A.; Lundquist, Loraine L.; Schwartz, Joshua J.; Pedone, Vicki; Pavia, Jenni; Fleck, Jenna – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Online courses can feel isolating and sometimes lack human connections that can motivate students. We developed a fully online geoscience course to build a 'Community of Inquiry' with attention to cognitive, social, and teaching presences. We ran the course using nearly identical materials for 8 semesters (recorded video lectures, labs,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Geology, Science Instruction, Student Motivation
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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
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Ricci, Jamie L.; Riggs, Eric M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
This qualitative study examines the experience of 12 Native American youth who participated in culturally appropriate geoscience summer programs throughout California. These programs have been shown to change participating youths' perceptions of science. After the programs, the youth are more likely to describe science as something tribes use to…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, American Indian Students, Earth Science, Science Instruction
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Beane, Rachel; McNeal, Karen S.; Macdonald, R. Heather – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
What is the extent to which college and university geoscience faculty report using education practices that contribute to more inclusive learning environments and engage a diverse population of students? In the 2016 National Geoscience Faculty Survey, faculty answered questions about their practices in a specific introductory or major course they…
Descriptors: Earth Science, College Faculty, Teacher Surveys, Educational Practices
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Moss, Elizabeth; Cervato, Cinzia; Genschel, Ulrike; Ihrig, Lori; Ogilvie, Craig A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
This study examines the effects of an extended authentic research experience on students' understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and self-efficacy toward science. The curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab was transformed to include a six-week, student-driven research project focused on local groundwater and surface water issues.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Scientific Principles, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy
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Soule, Dax; Darner, Rebekka; O'Reilly, C. M.; Bader, Nicholas E.; Meixner, Thomas; Gibson, Catherine A.; McDuff, Russell E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration (EDDIE) modules engage students in analysis of data collected by networks of environmental sensors, which are used to study various natural phenomena, such as nutrient loading, climate change, and stream discharge. We compared two approaches to EDDIE module implementation in an undergraduate…
Descriptors: Seismology, College Science, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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