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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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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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Nelson, Karl G.; Huysken, Kristin; Kilibarda, Zoran – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
Laboratories serve as an integral part of geoscience education at most colleges and universities. While anecdotal evidence supports the beneficial impact of laboratories on science class learning, little quantitative research backs this statement. This study compared classroom data from students who completed a geoscience laboratory in conjunction…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Academic Achievement, Introductory Courses, Statistical Analysis