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ERIC Number: EJ1164449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Using Google Earth and Satellite Imagery to Foster Place-Based Teaching in an Introductory Physical Geology Course
Monet, Julie; Greene, Todd
Journal of Geoscience Education, v60 n1 p10-20 Feb 2012
Students in an introductory physical geology course often have difficulty making connections between basic course topics and assembling key concepts (beyond textbook examples) to interpret how geologic processes shape the characteristics of the local and regional natural environment. As an approach to address these issues, we designed and implemented a semester-long place-based group project, which used satellite imagery and Google Earth as a means to improve both students' conceptual knowledge of geological concepts and their understanding of geological processes. The project provided the underlying framework for both lecture and laboratory activities and was designed to reiterate and strengthen the connections across topics. Findings suggest that when given the opportunity and tools to develop a sense of place in the local and regional environment, students improve their conceptual knowledge and ability to apply critical thinking skills. Consequently, student learning becomes more meaningful and relevant to their everyday experiences.
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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: California
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