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ERIC Number: EJ1164243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
A Service-Learning Project on Volcanoes to Promote Critical Thinking and the Earth Science Literacy Initiative
Nunn, Jeffrey A.; Braud, Janie
Journal of Geoscience Education, v61 n1 p28-36 Feb 2013
Students in Honors Physical Geology at Louisiana State University (LSU) participated in instruction in eighth- to ninth-grade geology and geography classes in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools (EBRPS) to help meet community needs. LSU students created instructional materials and reflected on the service activity to gain a deeper understanding of course objectives, an appreciation of Earth science as it relates to the global community, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. The service-learning project focused on an historical volcanic eruption and consisted of four parts distributed throughout the semester: K-12 teacher interview, research paper, poster and presentation to peers, and classroom teaching. Reflection, peer review, teamwork, and revision were emphasized. Presentations focused on Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI)'s "Big Ideas" (e.g., humans can mitigate but not control natural hazards). LSU students' perception of their learning from reflections/class evaluations indicated that they moved from "remembering-understanding" to "analyzing-evaluating-creating" within Bloom's Taxonomy hierarchy. LSU students also gained valuable experience in creating, reviewing, and revising written and oral communication. Based on K-12 teacher responses, EBRPS students learned about volcanoes, deepened their understanding of plate tectonics, and learned about college. Service learning requires a strong desire for collaboration among all participants. Communication and coordination are vital to success so that everyone has the same expectations, knows his/her role, and problems are identified and resolved.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana (Baton Rouge)
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