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Littrell, Megan K.; Okochi, Christine; Gold, Anne U.; Leckey, Erin; Tayne, Kelsey; Lynds, Susan; Williams, Valerie; Wise, Sarah – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
The Lens on Climate Change (LOCC) is an informal, place-based science program designed to engage middle and high school students from underserved groups in learning and communicating about impacts of climate change on their communities. This student-driven experience involves identifying a local environmental challenge, researching the topic, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Place Based Education, Climate, Informal Education
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Lyon, Eva; Freeman, Rebecca L.; Bathon, Justin; Fryar, Alan; McGlue, Michael; Erhardt, Andrea M.; Rosen, Ashley; Sampson, Shannon; Nelson, Andrew; Parsons, Joshua – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
A university geology department partnered with a STEM-focused high school to introduce project-based learning-centered geoscience content at the ninth-grade level. We hypothesized that these students, already interested in science, would be a natural recruitment pool into geoscience. Because they are enrolled by lottery, their demographics match…
Descriptors: Geology, College School Cooperation, High Schools, STEM Education
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Perin, Suzanne M.; Carsten Conner, Laura D.; Oxtoby, Laura E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2020
Situated learning experiences such as research apprenticeships can help connect girls to the sciences, ultimately helping to achieve gender equity in the science workforce. The material resources available in research apprenticeships--such as research equipment, field gear, etc.--may be particularly consequential for building identification with…
Descriptors: Females, Identification (Psychology), Equal Education, Apprenticeships
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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
Gates, Alexander E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
A simulated physical model of volcanic processes using a glass art studio greatly enhanced enthusiasm and learning among urban, middle- to high-school aged, largely underrepresented minority students in Newark, New Jersey. The collaboration of a geoscience department with a glass art studio to create a science, technology, engineering, arts, and…
Descriptors: Physical Geography, Disproportionate Representation, Earth Science, STEM Education
Sherman-Morris, Kathleen; Clary, Renee M.; McNeal, Karen S.; Diaz-Ramirez, Jairo; Brown, Michael E. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Summer camps have proven to be effective tools to engage students in the geosciences. Findings from this study highlight perceptions and experiences of middle school students from predominantly African American school districts in Mississippi who attended a 3-d residence camp focused on increasing interest in the geosciences through an earth…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, African American Students, Middle School Students, Resident Camp Programs
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Walker, Ryan; Clary, Renee M.; Wissehr, Cathy – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Environmental education (EE) facilitates students' scientific and environmental literacy, and addresses content areas including sustainability, ecology, and civic responsibility. However, U.S. science content compartmentalization and EE's interdisciplinary nature historically made it a fragmented curriculum within U.S. schools. To gain a better…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Sustainability, Teaching Methods, Ecology
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Bookhagen, Britta; Koeberl, Christian; Juang, Linda; DeRosa, Donald A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
As part of an outreach initiative by the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria, an interdisciplinary educational module was developed to teach students about sustainability through the lens of mineral resources used to produce mobile phones. The overall goal of the module is to provide teachers of different subjects with a multifaceted tool to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Outreach Programs, Sustainability, Mineralogy
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Felzmann, Dirk – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Glaciers and ice ages are important topics in teaching geomorphology, earth history, and climate change. As with many geoscience topics, glacier formation, glacier movement, glacial morphology, and ice ages consist of a wide variety of processes and phenomena. Accordingly, it must be decided which of those processes and phenomena should be part of…
Descriptors: Climate, Geology, Earth Science, Science Instruction
Dahl, Robyn Mieko; Droser, Mary L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
University earth science departments seeking to establish meaningful geoscience outreach programs often pursue large-scale, grant-funded programs. Although this type of outreach is highly successful, it is also extremely costly, and grant funding can be difficult to secure. Here, we present the Geoscience Education Outreach Program (GEOP), a…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Course Improvement Projects, Cost Effectiveness, STEM Education
Gates, Alexander E.; Kalczynski, Michael J. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
A hands-on game based upon principles of oil accumulation and drilling was highly effective at generating enthusiasm toward the geosciences in urban youth from underrepresented minority groups in Newark, NJ. Participating 9th-grade high school students showed little interest in the geosciences prior to participating in the oil game, even if they…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Earth Science, Science Interests, Grade 9
Lant, Christopher; Pérez-Lapeña, Blanca; Xiong, Weidong; Kraft, Steven; Kowalchuk, Rhonda; Blair, Michael – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Guided by the Next Generation Science Standards and elements of problem-based learning, four human-environment systems simulations are described in brief--carbon, energy, water, and watershed--and a fifth simulation on nitrogen is described in more depth. These science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education simulations illustrate…
Descriptors: Energy, Water Quality, Conservation (Environment), Soil Science
Clark, Lynn; Majumdar, Saswati; Bhattacharjee, Joydeep; Hanks, Anne Case – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
This paper is an examination of a teacher professional development program in northeast Louisiana, that provided 30 teachers and their students with the technology, skills, and content knowledge to collect data and explore weather trends. Data were collected from both continuous monitoring weather stations and simple school-based weather stations…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Rural Education, Teacher Education, Professional Development
Forbes, Cory T.; Sabel, Jaime L.; Biggers, Mandy – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Students' thinking should serve as the foundation of effective science curriculum and instruction. To promote science learning, particularly in the geosciences, teachers must attend to students' existing ideas about natural phenomena through the use of ''high-leverage'' instructional practices such as formative assessment. Elementary teachers need…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Formative Evaluation, Earth Science, Mixed Methods Research
Stewart, Alan E.; Knox, John A.; Schneider, Pat – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
A survey of 691 Georgia teachers suggested that their students generally were not prepared for severe weather. Teachers also were somewhat dissatisfied with the quality of the teaching resources on weather and weather safety. Only 46 (7%) of the teachers were aware of the American Red Cross Masters of Disaster (MoD) weather science and safety…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Workshops, Teacher Education
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