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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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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
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
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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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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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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
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Werhner, Matthew J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2010
In this paper I compare the performance of online versus traditional on-campus students on identical exams in an earth science class. The number of college level distance learning classes offered online continues to increase as they offer greater scheduling flexibility to students, they appeal to students who like to work independently, and allow…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, College Science, Distance Education
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Clary, Renee M.; Brzusek, Robert F.; Wandersee, James H. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Students in a Landscape Architecture Design 1 course (N = 25) at a research university in the southern US developed design solutions implementing geologic time for an informal education site. Those students who employed abstract metaphors for their designs (n = 8) were more successful than students who proceeded with a linear design construct.…
Descriptors: Architecture, Earth Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction