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Lundgren, Lisa; Crippen, Kent J.; Bex, Richard T., II – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2021
The Community of Practice framework has been used theoretically and empirically to describe the diverse ways people learn from one another through social interaction in a variety of specific contexts. To date, most research of this genre has favored investigating the community and domain constructs of the theory over the authentic practice…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Interaction, Science Instruction, Informal Education
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Crippen, Kent J.; Ellis, Shari; Dunckel, Betty A.; Hendy, Austin J. W.; MacFadden, Bruce J. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
This study sought to define the attributes and practices of organized fossil groups (e.g., clubs, paleontological societies) as amateur paleontologists, as well as those of professional paleontologists, and explore the potential for these two groups to work collaboratively as a formalized community. Such an investigation is necessary to develop…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Paleontology, Educational Environment, Electronic Learning
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Moran, Sean; McLaughlin, Cheryl; MacFadden, Bruce; Jacobbe, Elizabeth; Poole, Michael – Science and Children, 2015
Many young learners are fascinated with fossils, particularly charismatic forms such as dinosaurs and giant sharks. Fossils provide tangible, objective evidence of life that lived millions of years ago. They also provide a timescale of evolution not typically appreciated by young learners. Fossils and the science of paleontology can, therefore,…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Paleontology, Guidelines, Science Instruction
Soja, Constance M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
In a first-year seminar on mass extinctions, a field-based, paleontology-focused exercise promotes active learning about Earth's biodiversity, form and function, and the biomimicry potential of ancient and modern life. Students study Devonian fossils at a local quarry and gain foundational experience in describing anatomy and relating form to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Paleontology, Active Learning
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Lee, Scott A.; Thomas, Joshua D. – Physics Teacher, 2014
In this paper, we examine a first-year torque and angular acceleration problem to address a possible use of the forelimbs of "Tyrannosaurus rex." A 1/40th-scale model (see Fig. 1) is brought to the classroom to introduce the students to the quandary: given that the forelimbs of "T. rex" were too short to reach its mouth, what…
Descriptors: Physics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Animal Behavior, Science Education
Gabriel, Diane L.; Cohen, Judith Love – 1993
This booklet stresses the value of various academic studies (e.g., history, geology, anatomy, physical anthropology) as prerequisites for a career in paleontology, by depicting real women whose careers provide inspirational role models. The first section is a text designed for use by elementary students and presents the career of paleontology from…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Ancient History, Anthropology, Career Exploration
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Lutz-Ryan, Linda – Legacy, 2002
Introduces a paleontology curriculum that focuses on the concepts of observation and inference, setting up an experiment, collecting data, and developing and testing a hypothesis. Features units such as Nature of Science, Paleontology of Florissant, and Evolution. (YDS)
Descriptors: Biology, Climate, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development
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Bower, Steve – Science Teacher, 1997
Presents an activity that simulates involvement in a paleontology dig in which students in teams unearth a skeleton and follow field procedures for documenting the dig and handling specimens. Provides details of each stage of the project. (DDR)
Descriptors: Biology, Concept Formation, Dinosaurs, Elementary Secondary Education
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Mendelson, Carl Victor – Journal of Geological Education, 1991
Describes an assignment in a paleontology course built around constructional morphology and the role of adaptation and exaptation in evolution. Students investigate the constructional morphology of a group of fossils that interests them. Findings are presented in an oral presentation and in a term paper. (27 references) (PR)
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Earth Science, Geology, Higher Education
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Wiley, Catherina L. – Science Teacher, 2003
Describes a unit to study the cycling of matter and energy through speleology using cooperative learning groups. Integrates the topic with zoology, biogeochemistry, paleontology, and meteorology. Includes a sample rubric for a salt block cave presentation, unit outline, and processes for studying matter and energy processes in caves. (Author/KHR)
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Group Activities
Yankielun, Judith E. – 1977
Research methods and a comparative analysis of quantitative results of a study of the adequacy of collections and efficiency of reference services in 25 New Jersey public and county libraries are presented. Methods include use of a prepared bibliography on paleontology and a test question, both designed to be asked of reference librarians by…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Comparative Analysis, Efficiency, History
Fahmy, J. J.; Bilton, Linda – Guidelines: A Periodical for Classroom Language Teachers, 1989
Nonnative university students have difficulty coping with lectures given in English and need authentic and relevant material in listening and note-taking courses. One approach based on a transcription of a paleontology lecture is presented, suggested by linguistic analysis of 40 science lectures at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. (four…
Descriptors: College Students, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Alves, Emerson J. F.; Moura, Gerusa G.; dos A. Candeiro, Carlos R. – Educational Research and Reviews, 2013
The textbook is currently one of the driving instruments of teaching and learning. In the analysis of the contents of paleontology in geography textbooks, these books are important because they reveal problems embedded in these works and allow a more informed choice of books for the approach. In this work we performed an analysis of the approach…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Paleontology, Geography Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Leonard, Jacqueline; Chamberlin, Scott A.; Johnson, Joy B.; Verma, Geeta – Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, 2016
In this paper, results from a 2-year informal science education study are presented. Children (aged 8-12) in this study participated in multi-aged groups to learn science within the context of paleontology and climate change. The goals of the project were to increase science content knowledge among underrepresented minority students and to enhance…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Science Education, Informal Education, Children
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Montgomery, Homer; Donaldson, Katherine – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
This study is a research project focused on the implementation of problem-based learning in an honors, paleontology-oriented, Earth Science course. The course, the Age of Dinosaurs, is taught at the University of Texas at Dallas to undergraduates from a range of majors who seek core-curriculum science credit. All class work is centered on fossils…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Paleontology, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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