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ERIC Number: EJ1164170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Measuring Student Engagement, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Climate Change in an Introductory Environmental Geology Course
McNeal, Karen S.; Spry, Jacob M.; Mitra, Ritayan; Tipton, Jamie L.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v62 n4 p655-667 Nov 2014
This research examines a semester-long introductory environmental geology course, which emphasized climate science using an Earth systems approach and employed a multipronged teaching strategy comprising lecture, movie viewing, class dialogues, and journaling. Evidence of student engagement during various pedagogical approaches (e.g., movie viewing, lecture, and class dialogues) was measured using skin sensors on a subset of student participants in order to gauge student engagement. Results indicated that students are more engaged during movie viewing and dialogue than during lecture, with measurable increases when climate solutions and local impacts were covered. Qualitative data including journal entries and transcripts from student dialogues were analyzed to determine patterns about student climate change perspectives and discourse for which students' self-reflections supported quantitative measures. Measurement of student pre- and post-climate change knowledge, confidence, and perceptions revealed that the combined pedagogical approach supported student learning gains about climate science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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