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ERIC Number: EJ1084803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
"Riding the Rip": An Experiential and Integrated Human-Physical Geography Curriculum in Costa Rica
Brannstrom, Christian; Houser, Chris
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v39 n4 p527-542 2015
Integrating research into short-term study abroad programs is challenging because of language, fieldwork logistics, and traditional learning models based on passive classroom experiences. Experiential learning often makes use of research as experience, but relatively few examples integrate human and physical geography. Here, we describe an experiential and integrated human--physical undergraduate geography curriculum in Costa Rica. We combine rip current morphodynamics, beach-user surveys, and cultural landscape in a 3-week program in Costa Rica. Emotions associated with the direct and indirect experience of "riding the rip" positively influenced the cognitive domain of student learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), National Sea Grant Program
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica; Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: NA10OAR4170099