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Gilbert, Lisa A.; Gross, Deborah S.; Kreutz, Karl J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Grand challenges such as energy, water, and food scarcity limit our growing population's ability to live sustainably on Earth. Such complex societal challenges, which interconnect many human and natural systems, will require today's students to apply approaches that go beyond simple cause and effect. To help instructors teach students how to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Al-Ismaily, Said S.; Kacimov, Anvar R.; Al-Maktoumi, Ali K.; Al-Busaidi, Hamad A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Revising standard structured academic programs by incorporating research throughout the curriculum is a modern trend at universities worldwide. There are numerous publications on inquiry-based learning (IBL) in individual courses, but few provide evidence both of success at the program level and of synergy in the teaching--research nexus. Our…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Direct Instruction, Inquiry
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von der Heyden, Bjorn P. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
A novel learning intervention has been developed and tested in which honor's level Earth science students were tasked with conducting interviews with established geologists working in the Southern African minerals sector. The task was designed using Laurillard's conversational framework as a theoretical underpinning, which offers an iterative and…
Descriptors: Interviews, Geology, Foreign Countries, School Business Relationship
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McDonald, Scott; Bateman, Kathryn; Gall, Helen; Tanis-Ozcelik, Arzu; Webb, Aubree; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Plate tectonics is the organizing paradigm of geosciences, but it is also conceptually complex, and students often struggle with developing a system level understanding of the earth. This article reports on research designed to create a characterization of the different levels of sophistication around plate tectonics in the form of a learning…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Earth Science, Grade 6, Grade 7
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Mora, Germán – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
Inquiry-based instruction facilitates students' acquisition of scientific abilities, but little is known about how rapidly college students master these skills, particularly when this form of instruction includes scaffolding and especially when those scaffolds are removed. To address this gap, this study aimed to evaluate the effect that removing…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Science Laboratories, Environmental Education
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Teasdale, Rachel; Ryker, Katherine; Bitting, Kelsey – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2019
In response to calls for reformed teaching practices in college STEM labs and courses, and to support graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) in their general teaching responsibilities, other STEM disciplines have recently increased their focus on GTA training and preparation. However, current practices in GTA training in the geosciences and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Earth Science, Science Education
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Moss, Elizabeth; Cervato, Cinzia; Genschel, Ulrike; Ihrig, Lori; Ogilvie, Craig A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
This study examines the effects of an extended authentic research experience on students' understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and self-efficacy toward science. The curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab was transformed to include a six-week, student-driven research project focused on local groundwater and surface water issues.…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Scientific Principles, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy
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Soule, Dax; Darner, Rebekka; O'Reilly, C. M.; Bader, Nicholas E.; Meixner, Thomas; Gibson, Catherine A.; McDuff, Russell E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration (EDDIE) modules engage students in analysis of data collected by networks of environmental sensors, which are used to study various natural phenomena, such as nutrient loading, climate change, and stream discharge. We compared two approaches to EDDIE module implementation in an undergraduate…
Descriptors: Seismology, College Science, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Myer, Rachel A.; Shipley, Thomas F.; Davatzes, Alexandra K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The ability to accurately reason using three-dimensional visualizations is vital to success in STEM disciplines, particularly the geosciences. One impediment to learning from visualizations is spatially-based misconceptions. Such errors can arise from a range of sources (e.g., prior beliefs, inaccurate application of analogy, and visual…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Scientific Concepts, STEM Education, Misconceptions
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Kluver, Daria B.; Robertson, Wendy M.; Agardy, Rachael – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
A clear understanding of climate change and its impacts on society is an integral component of scientific literacy today. However, college students in introductory and lower division science courses often struggle to connect with this material in a meaningful way when they do not see how it is relevant to their daily lives. To address this…
Descriptors: Climate, Educational Games, Introductory Courses, Role Playing
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Kirchner, Nina; van Dongen, Eef; Gowan, Evan J.; Pattyn, Frank; Noormets, Riko; Jakobsson, Martin; Ingólfsson, Ólafur – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
GRANTISM (GReenland and ANTarctic Ice Sheet Model) is an educational Excel™ model introduced by Pattyn (2006). Here, GRANTISM is amended to simulate the Svalbard-Barents-Sea Ice Sheet during the Last Glacial Maximum, an analogue for the contemporary West Antarctic Ice Sheet. A new name, "GRANTSISM," is suggested; the added S represents…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Science Instruction, College Students
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Wolfe, Benjamin A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The geosciences continue to lag behind the other sciences in both diversity and degree completion rates of students transferring from two-year colleges (2YCs). Critical to strengthening the transfer student pipeline is the need to identify who takes introductory geosciences courses at the 2YC level and what factors contribute to increased 2YC…
Descriptors: Earth Science, College Transfer Students, Student Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
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Ford, Danielle J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards, the Earth and environmental sciences receive greater emphasis at all grade levels. These rigorous standards increase pressure on elementary teachers to possess strong science content and pedagogical content knowledge. They also require teachers to hold a set of beliefs compatible with the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Earth Science, Science Instruction
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Styers, Diane M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The abundance of freely available, scientific big data sets can facilitate discovery-based authentic science projects saving time, money, and effort. This is especially true of remotely sensed data, as there is global coverage of Earth's surface spanning several decades that can be used for a multitude of applications. In this article, I present…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Active Learning
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Houser, Chris; Nunez, Judy; Miller, Kate – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The adoption of enrollment-based budgeting at many institutions poses serious problems for geoscience programs that have been facing enrollment challenges in recent years, particularly in response to drops in the price of oil and gas. This commentary describes the impetus for, and results of, the Pathways to the Geosciences program at Texas…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Community Colleges, Enrollment, Student Recruitment
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