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Pelch, Michael A.; McConnell, David A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
A general consensus exists among the leaders of both developed and developing nations that their citizens should be scientifically literate. Therefore, it is important for educational systems to provide students with access to pertinent scientific knowledge, an appreciation for the scientific processes, and the ability to evaluate scientific…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science and Society, Student Attitudes, Relevance (Education)
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Giorgis, Scott; Mahlen, Nancy; Anne, Kirk – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The augmented reality (AR) sandbox bridges the gap between two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) visualization by projecting a digital topographic map onto a sandbox landscape. As the landscape is altered, the map dynamically adjusts, providing an opportunity to discover how to read topographic maps. We tested the hypothesis that the AR…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Earth Science, Nonmajors, Topography
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Sumrall, Jeanne L.; Clary, Renee M.; Larson, Erik B. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
The online learning environment can add substantial advantages to learning such as continuous access to material and the ability to foster learning through additional visual supplemental materials, but it can also add further challenges that may not be as evident when teaching traditional, face-to-face courses. An individual's place affiliation…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Online Courses, Geology, Meteorology
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Ormand, Carol J.; Shipley, Thomas F.; Tikoff, Basil; Dutrow, Barbara; Goodwin, Laurel B.; Hickson, Thomas; Atit, Kinnari; Gagnier, Kristin; Resnick, Ilyse – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Spatial visualization is an essential prerequisite for understanding geological features at all scales, such as the atomic structures of minerals, the geometry of a complex fault system, or the architecture of sedimentary deposits. Undergraduate geoscience majors bring a range of spatial skill levels to upper-level courses. Fortunately, spatial…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Visualization, Curriculum, Geology
Dykas, Matthew J.; Valentino, David W. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
This study examined the factors that contribute to students' success in conducting geological field work. Undergraduate students (n = 49; 51% female; mean age = 22 y) who were enrolled in the 5-wk State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) geology field program volunteered to participate in this study. At the beginning of the field…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science
Marshall, Jilll A.; Castillo, Adam J.; Cardenas, M. Bayani – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
We investigated the effect of modeling and visualization resources on upper-division, undergraduate and graduate students' performance on an open-ended assessment of their understanding of physical hydrology. The students were enrolled in one of five sections of a physical hydrology course. In two of the sections, students completed homework…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
Giorgis, Scott – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Three-dimensional thinking skills are extremely useful for geoscientists, and at the undergraduate level, these skills are often emphasized in structural geology courses. Google Earth is a powerful tool for visualizing the three-dimensional nature of data collected on the surface of Earth. The results of a 5 y pre- and posttest study of the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Geology, Internet, Map Skills
Kelley, Daniel F.; Sumrall, Jeanne L.; Sumrall, Jonathan B. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
During the summer of 2012, the Louisiana State University (LSU) field camp program was affected by close proximity to the large Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, CO, as well as by a fire incident on the field camp property. A mapping exercise was created that incorporated spatial data acquired on the LSU property to investigate research…
Descriptors: Geology, Majors (Students), College Students, Map Skills
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Abolins, Mark – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Undergraduates learned to measure, map, and interpret bedding plane attitudes during a semesterlong geology field methods course in a field area where strata dip less than 98. Despite the low dip of the strata, 2011 field course students discovered a half-kilometer-wide structural basin by using digital levels and Brunton pocket transits to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Geology, Field Experience Programs, Measurement Techniques
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DeFelice, Amy; Adams, Jennifer D.; Branco, Brett; Pieroni, Pieranna – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
High school students in a large urban area, undergraduate students, and geoscience faculty at a local college used a placebased pedagogical approach to engage in real geoscience problem-based inquiry in a local urban park. The overarching goals of this project were to learn the potential of place-based geoscience research experiences to: influence…
Descriptors: High School Students, Disproportionate Representation, Urban Schools, Environmental Education
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Ormand, Carol J.; Manduca, Cathryn; Shipley, Thomas F.; Tikoff, Basil; Harwood, Cara L.; Atit, Kinnari; Boone, Alexander P. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Spatial thinking skills are critical to success in many subdisciplines of the geosciences. We tested students' spatial skills in geoscience courses at three institutions (a public research university, a comprehensive university, and a liberal arts college, all in the midwest) over a two-year period. We administered standard psychometric tests of…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, College Science
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Gutiérrez, Mélida; Baker, Becky – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
A class exercise was designed for a college-level geochemistry class to promote inquiry and student participation. In this exercise, real soil data available online was analyzed to evaluate geochemical associations among different soil orders and as a screening tool for anthropogenic metal contamination. Students were asked to read a peer-reviewed…
Descriptors: College Students, Geology, Chemistry, Soil Science
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Johnson, Cari L.; Semple, Ian L.; Creem-Regehr, Sarah H. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2013
The scale of features shown on outcrop photographs can be critical to geoscience interpretations, yet little is known about how well individuals estimate scale in images. This study utilizes a visualization test in which participants were asked to estimate the absolute size of several boxes shown in outcrop images using high resolution, stitched…
Descriptors: Scaling, Cues, Visual Aids, Photography
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Hirsch, David M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
Mode estimation, the visual determination of the proportions of the components of a rock, is a valuable tool in geology, providing one of the most efficient means of describing rock mineralogy and chemistry. However, current methods of teaching mode estimation suffer from the often-mediocre mode-estimation skills of the instructors. Fifty-nine…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Science Instruction, Geology, Earth Science
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LaDue, Nicole; Clark, Scott K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2012
The challenges and priorities of defining and achieving Earth System Science (ESS) literacy are examined through surveys of geoscience educators attending a professional geological meeting. Two surveys with Likert-style and free-response questions were distributed to geoscientists and K-12 teachers to elicit what instructors think are important…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Earth Science, Scientific Literacy, Geology
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