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ERIC Number: EJ1151382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Teaching Complex Concepts in the Geosciences by Integrating Analytical Reasoning with GIS
Houser, Chris; Bishop, Michael P.; Lemmons, Kelly
Journal of Geoscience Education, v65 n3 p263-271 Aug 2017
Conceptual models have long served as a means for physical geographers to organize their understanding of feedback mechanisms and complex systems. Analytical reasoning provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop conceptual models based upon their understanding of surface processes and environmental conditions. This study describes the use of analytical reasoning by junior and senior undergraduate students to predict the expansion and contraction of the South Texas Sandsheet as an example of this instructional technique. Students perceived that the analytical reasoning approach was significantly better for understanding desert expansion and contraction compared with the traditional lecture. A preliminary assessment of an analytical reasoning approach to desertification is presented as an example of how this approach can be incorporated into undergraduate geoscience courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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