ERIC Number: EJ991374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Advanced Technologies and Data Management Practices in Environmental Science: Lessons from Academia
Hernandez, Rebecca R.; Mayernik, Matthew S.; Murphy-Mariscal, Michelle L.; Allen, Michael F.
BioScience, v62 n12 p1067-1076 Dec 2012
Environmental scientists are increasing their capitalization on advancements in technology, computation, and data management. However, the extent of that capitalization is unknown. We analyzed the survey responses of 434 graduate students to evaluate the understanding and use of such advances in the environmental sciences. Two-thirds of the students had not taken courses related to information science and the analysis of complex data. Seventy-four percent of the students reported no skill in programming languages or computational applications. Of the students who had completed research projects, 26% had created metadata for research data sets, and 29% had archived their data so that it was available online. One-third of these students used an environmental sensor. The results differed according to the students' research status, degree type, and university type. Changes may be necessary in the curricula of university programs that seek to prepare environmental scientists for this technologically advanced and data-intensive age.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Programming Languages, Graduate Students, Information Science, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Student Surveys, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration, Data Analysis, Science Curriculum, College Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Literacy, Science Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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