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Giorgis, Scott; Mahlen, Nancy; Anne, Kirk – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The augmented reality (AR) sandbox bridges the gap between two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visualization by projecting a digital topographic map onto a sandbox landscape. As the landscape is altered, the map dynamically adjusts, providing an opportunity to discover how to read topographic maps. We tested the hypothesis that the AR…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Nonmajors, Topography
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Sumrall, Jeanne L.; Clary, Renee M.; Larson, Erik B. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The online learning environment can add substantial advantages to learning such as continuous access to material and the ability to foster learning through additional visual supplemental materials, but it can also add further challenges that may not be as evident when teaching traditional, face-to-face courses. An individual's place affiliation…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Online Courses, Geology, Meteorology
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Holley, Elizabeth A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
This study reports on a case study-based curricular intervention designed to help undergraduate engineering students make connections between geoscience and its applications. Teaching through case studies resulted in a measurable and significant improvement in the confidence that students had in their ability to apply geoscience concepts in an…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Engineering Education, Case Studies, Earth Science
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St. John, Kristen; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
During the past two decades, the Geoscience Education Research (GER) community has been increasingly recognized as an evidence-based research subdiscipline in the geoscience and in the larger discipline-based education research (DBER) field. Most recently, the GER community has begun to address the current state of the field and discuss the best…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Expertise, Professional Personnel
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Liu, Juhong Christie; St. John, Kristen; Courtier, Anna M. Bishop – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Identifying instruments and surveys to address geoscience education research (GER) questions is among the high-ranked needs in a 2016 survey of the GER community (St. John et al., 2016). The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a student-centered assessment instrument to measure course experience in a general education integrated…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Measures (Individuals), General Education, Test Construction
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
Marshall, Jilll A.; Castillo, Adam J.; Cardenas, M. Bayani – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
We investigated the effect of modeling and visualization resources on upper-division, undergraduate and graduate students' performance on an open-ended assessment of their understanding of physical hydrology. The students were enrolled in one of five sections of a physical hydrology course. In two of the sections, students completed homework…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
Knierim, Katherine; Turner, Henry; Davis, Ralph K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Two-stage exams--where students complete part one of an exam closed book and independently and part two is completed open book and independently (two-stage independent, or TS-I) or collaboratively (two-stage collaborative, or TS-C)--provide a means to include collaborative learning in summative assessments. Collaborative learning has been shown to…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Tests, Cooperative Learning, Summative Evaluation
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Ormand, Carol J.; Manduca, Cathryn; Shipley, Thomas F.; Tikoff, Basil; Harwood, Cara L.; Atit, Kinnari; Boone, Alexander P. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Spatial thinking skills are critical to success in many subdisciplines of the geosciences. We tested students' spatial skills in geoscience courses at three institutions (a public research university, a comprehensive university, and a liberal arts college, all in the midwest) over a two-year period. We administered standard psychometric tests of…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, College Science
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Renshaw, Carl E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
There is increasing interest in science curricula that engage students in scientific practices to deepen their understanding of the core ideas of the field. There are, however, few examples of their designs or assessments available for use as guides for understanding the strengths and weaknesses of particular designs. We offer a summary of our…
Descriptors: Earth Science, College Science, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Evaluation
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Forcino, Frank L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
Laboratory sections of university Earth science courses provide hands-on, inquiry-based activities for students in support of lecture and discussion. Here, I compare student conceptual knowledge outcomes of laboratory sections by administering an independent concept inventory at the beginning and end of two courses: one that had a lecture and a…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Introductory Courses, Science Laboratories, Outcomes of Education
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Thomas, Julie; Ivey, Toni; Puckette, Jim – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The Earth sciences are newly marginalized in K-12 classrooms. With few high schools offering Earth science courses, students' exposure to the Earth sciences relies on the teacher's ability to incorporate Earth science material into a biology, chemistry, or physics course. ''G.E.T. (Geoscience Experiences for Teachers) in the Field'' is an…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers
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Sherman-Morris, Kathleen; Brown, Michael E.; Dyer, Jamie L.; McNeal, Karen S.; Rodgers, John C., III – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
This study examines discrepancies between geoscience career knowledge and biology career knowledge among Mississippi science teachers. Principals and in-service teachers were also surveyed about their perception of geoscience careers and majors. Scores were higher for knowledge of what biologists do (at work) than about what geoscientists do.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Career Readiness, Knowledge Level, Biology
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Delgado, Cesar – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
People make sense of the world by comparing and relating new information to their existing landmarks. Each individual may have different landmarks, developed through idiosyncratic experiences. Identifying specific events that constitute landmarks for a group of learners may help instructors in gauging students' prior knowledge and in planning…
Descriptors: Time, Undergraduate Students, Pretests Posttests, Accuracy
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Hirsch, David M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Mode estimation, the visual determination of the proportions of the components of a rock, is a valuable tool in geology, providing one of the most efficient means of describing rock mineralogy and chemistry. However, current methods of teaching mode estimation suffer from the often-mediocre mode-estimation skills of the instructors. Fifty-nine…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Instruction, Geology, Earth Science
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