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James, Nicole M.; Kreager, Bailey Zo; LaDue, Nicole D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
To support student construction of knowledge during class meetings, there is a growing demand to incorporate active learning practices. However, 'active learning' can range from occasionally voting on a multiple-choice question, to spending all of class time on worksheets. Consequently, the outcomes of active learning course reforms vary widely.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Introductory Courses, Geology
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LaDue, N. D.; McNeal, P. M.; Ryker, K.; St. John, K.; van der Hoeven Kraft, K. J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Active learning research emerged from the undergraduate STEM education communities of practice, some of whom identify as discipline-based education researchers (DBER). Consequently, current frameworks of active learning are largely inductive and based on emergent patterns observed in undergraduate teaching and learning. Alternatively, classic…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students
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Kirby, Caitlin K.; Libarkin, Julie C.; Thomas, Stephen – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Natural selection is a fundamental scientific process, yet students and educators alike demonstrate misconceptions of the process. Though images are used often in science to facilitate learning, it is less common to assess learners' understanding through their own drawings. This study utilizes a multiple-choice assessment of evolutionary processes…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Scientists, Evolution, Freehand Drawing
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Haroldson, Erik L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Improvisational or "improv" theater is a live form where the elements of a scene are made up during the performance. Research in various academic disciplines has found the use of improv in classrooms beneficial. However, there is no such literature of use in the geosciences. Presented here are the results from two semesters of nearly…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Earth Science, Educational Games, Mineralogy
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Salgado-Jauregui, Estefanía; Martindale, Rowan C.; Ellins, Katherine; Reyes, Enrique; Weiss, Anna – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Although many have suggested the use of games to motivate active learning, studies that evaluate the learning outcomes of games with high school students are scarce. Here, we present the evaluation of the board game "Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized" as an active learning tool to teach fossilization and Earth systems thinking with rising…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Games, High School Students, Summer Programs
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Kraal, E. R.; Sirrakos, G.; Guertin, L.; Epstein, A.; Simmens, G. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
An important challenge for the geoscience community is developing engaging, accessible, and effective experiences within introductory courses, which are often gateways to geoscience majors. This study evaluates low-barrier-to-entry and flexible assignments focused on a pedagogical innovation: faculty replaced one of their usual course components…
Descriptors: Audio Equipment, Assignments, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes
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Turk, Judith K.; Young, Rebecca A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Estimation of soil texture is an essential skill for soil scientists, but a difficult skill to learn. We compared two approaches for teaching soil texture: the traditional flowchart approach and an experimental self-calibration method. Three lab sections of an introductory soil science class were assigned to learn by the flowchart method (n = 60)…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Cockrell, Jay; Petcovic, Heather L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Topographic maps are a common form of 3D surface elevation data represented as a 2D display. Despite their use in geoscience courses, many students find learning to effectively read and interpret these maps challenging. Here, we present a tool for teaching topographic map interpretation using 3D printed terrain. The terrain was 3D printed from a…
Descriptors: Topography, Earth Science, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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Gregory, Daniel David; Tomes, Heidi Elizabeth; Panasiuk, Sofia L.; Andersen, A. Julia – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
The capstone course for many Earth Science programs is a field course. To increase accessibility and to create a substitute in light of the cancellation of in-person courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed an online introductory field geology course. The course consisted of six different modules. The first was a virtual reality room,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Field Instruction, Geology, Introductory Courses
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Davi, Nicole; Pringle, Patrick; Fiondella, Francesco; Lockwood, Jeff; Oelkers, Rose – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Scientists rely heavily on tree-ring records to better understand climate variability of the past millennium. Tree rings can also be utilized to give students a window into paleoclimate research, the methods scientists use, and the importance of scientific findings. Here, we present five online labs that introduce undergraduate students to the…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Schoenbohm, Lindsay M.; McMillan, Mitchell – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
In this integrative, team-based capstone project, students in an upper year Tectonics course built a planet of their own design from the basic concepts of plate tectonics. They created a tectonic map complete with plate boundaries, continental-ocean boundaries, motion vectors, and hot spot traces. In subsequent weeks, students produced a geologic…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Plate Tectonics, Capstone Experiences, Maps
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Johnson, Hailey A.; Adams, Peter N.; Antonenko, Pavlo D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
The vast extent to which quantitative prerequisites vary among post-secondary geoscience programs often presents a challenge for educators and students alike in courses for which math and physics are foundational. This study discusses the design of GEOAppS, a suite of educational numerical models, and its application toward lowering the…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Physics, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Johnson, Elijah T.; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Spatial thinking skills are crucial for success in any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) domains, and they are malleable. One approach to support the development of student spatial skills is through the use of innovative technologies, like the augmented reality (AR) sandbox, that can also effectively teach geoscience…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Spatial Ability, Topography
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Ramirez, Salvador, II; Teten, Samantha; Mamo, Martha; Speth, Carol; Kettler, Timothy; Sindelar, Meghan – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Innovative didactive strategies such as online learning and flipped classroom can improve student performance while maximizing university resources and personnel. Assessing how students perceive courses designed using these strategies, as well as perform within them, is becoming increasingly important. An introductory soil science course at a…
Descriptors: Soil Science, Science Instruction, College Science, Flipped Classroom
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Arthurs, Leilani A.; Kowalski, Chelsie M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2022
Water sciences education is paramount to sustainable groundwater resource management, especially of drinking water, but misunderstandings about groundwater among non-experts remain widespread. Groundwater residence is an especially challenging concept to learn because it is not directly visible in typical circumstances. The present study uses a…
Descriptors: Water, Environmental Education, Cognitive Processes, Active Learning
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