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Arthurs, Leilani – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2018
The National Research Council's report, "Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering" (Singer, Nielsen, & Schweingruber, 2012), states that discipline-based education research (DBER), such as geoscience education research (GER), is informed by research about…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Education, Educational Research, Cognitive Science
Arthurs, Leilani; Hsia, Jennifer F.; Schweinle, William – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
We developed and evaluated an Oceanography Concept Inventory (OCI), which used a mixed-methods approach to test student achievement of 11 learning goals for an introductory-level oceanography course. The OCI was designed with expert input, grounded in research on student (mis)conceptions, written with minimal jargon, tested on 464 students, and…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Mixed Methods Research, Academic Achievement, Introductory Courses
Van Den Broeke, Matthew S.; Arthurs, Leilani – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
To ascertain novice conceptions of tornado wind speed and the influence of surface characteristics on tornado occurrence, 613 undergraduate students enrolled in introductory science courses at a large state university in Nebraska were surveyed. Our findings show that students lack understanding of the fundamental concepts that (1) tornadoes are…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Concept Formation, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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Arthurs, Leilani; Templeton, Alexis – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2009
Interactive engagement pedagogies that emerge from a constructivist model of teaching and learning are often a challenge to implement in larger classes for a number of reasons including the physical layout of the classroom (e.g. fixed chairs in an amphitheater-style room), the logistics of organizing a large number of students into small…
Descriptors: Geology, College Science, Science Instruction, Environmental Education