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ERIC Number: EJ1164076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Engaging Students in the Pacific and beyond Using an Inquiry-Based Lesson in Ocean Acidification
Gorospe, Kelvin D.; Fox, Bradley K.; Haverkort-Yeh, Roxanne D.; Tamaru, Clyde S.; Rivera, Malia Ana J.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v61 n4 p396-404 Nov 2013
We present a hands-on, inquiry-based activity exploring how CO[subscript 2] input to seawater affects the skeletons of several species of reef-building corals and other marine organisms by testing for changes in pH and calcium ion concentrations. Originally developed to inspire and recruit high school students in the state of Hawai'i into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, we assessed the effectiveness of the activity through the responses of 380 high school students to a series of questions about ocean acidification both before and after guiding them through the inquiry-based activity. Our results show that students gain a better understanding of ocean acidification and the relevance of the geosciences to their daily lives after their participation in the activity.
National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Carleton College W-SERC, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057. Tel: 540-568-6675; Fax: 540-568-8058; e-mail:; Website:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), National Marine Sanctuaries
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
Grant or Contract Numbers: MOA2005008Amend002/7189; MOA2005008Amend004/7471