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Stofer, Kathryn A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
The oft-repeated phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" supposes that an image can replace a profusion of words to more easily express complex ideas. For scientific visualizations that represent profusions of numerical data, however, an untranslated academic visualization suffers the same pitfalls untranslated jargon does. Previous…
Descriptors: Visualization, Pattern Recognition, Semi Structured Interviews, Oceanography
Baker, Kathleen M.; Petcovic, L. Heather – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Intelligent behavior in everyday contexts may depend on both ability and an individual's disposition toward using that ability. Research into patterns of thinking has identified three logically distinct components necessary for dispositional behavior: ability, inclination, and sensitivity. Surprisingly, sensitivity appears to be the most common…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Correlation, Geographic Information Systems, Geography Instruction
Fortner, Sarah K.; Scherer, Hannah H.; Murphy, Martha A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Continued agricultural productivity hinges on understanding how to manage soil resources. A 2-week undergraduate introductory-level module: "A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources Through Local Decision Making" was collaboratively developed through the InTeGrate Project. InTeGrate modules and courses engage students in grand…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Soil Science, Sustainability, Active Learning
Sikorski, Janelle J.; Briggs, Brandon R. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Microbial processes in the deep biosphere affect marine sediments, such as the formation of gas hydrate deposits. Gas hydrate deposits offer a large source of natural gas with the potential to augment energy reserves and affect climate and seafloor stability. Despite the significant interdependence between life and geology in the ocean, coverage…
Descriptors: Oceanography, Geology, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
Luera, Gail; Murray, Kent – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
A mixed methods research approach was used to investigate the impact of a geosciences research institute upon 62 science teachers' knowledge, beliefs, and teaching practices related to teaching the geosciences. Pre- and postinstitute quantitative and qualitative assessments revealed mixed results. Results of a quantitative measure found a…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Earth Science
De Paor, Declan; Coba, Filis; Burgin, Stephen – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Google Earth is a powerful instructional resource for geoscience education. We have extended the virtual globe to include all terrestrial planets. Downloadable Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files (Google Earth's scripting language) associated with this paper include lessons about Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars. We created "grand…
Descriptors: Internet, Geology, Science Education, Simulated Environment
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
Bodzin, Alec M.; Anastasio, David; Sharif, Rajhida; Rutzmoser, Scott – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Learning with Web-based geographic information system (Web GIS) can promote geospatial thinking and analysis of georeferenced data. Web GIS can enable learners to analyze rich data sets to understand spatial relationships that are managed in georeferenced data visualizations. We developed a Web GIS plate tectonics simulation as a capstone learning…
Descriptors: Plate Tectonics, Geographic Information Systems, Geographic Location, Geographic Concepts
Houser, Chris; Garcia, Sonia; Torres, Janet – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Summer research experiences are an increasingly popular means of increasing awareness of, and developing interest in, the geosciences and other science, technology, engineering, and math programs. We describe and report the preliminary results of a 1-wk Geosciences Exploration Summer Program in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Earth Science, Summer Science Programs, Science Education
Yuretich, Richard F.; Kanner, Lisa C. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
The problem of effective learning in college classrooms, especially in a large lecture setting, has been a topic of discussion for a considerable span of time. Most efforts to improve learning incorporate various forms of student-active learning, such as in-class investigations or problems, group discussions, collaborative examinations and…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, College Students, Higher Education
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
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
Callahan, Caitlin N.; Libarkin, Julie C.; McCallum, Carmen M.; Atchison, Christopher L. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
In this commentary, we argue that social capital theory, the idea that membership in a group creates opportunities to acquire valuable information and resources from other group members, is a useful framework in which to consider ways to increase diversity in the Earth System Sciences (ESS) and in the science, technology, engineering, and…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Earth Science, STEM Education, Labor Force Development
Knierim, Katherine; Turner, Henry; Davis, Ralph K. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Two-stage exams--where students complete part one of an exam closed book and independently and part two is completed open book and independently (two-stage independent, or TS-I) or collaboratively (two-stage collaborative, or TS-C)--provide a means to include collaborative learning in summative assessments. Collaborative learning has been shown to…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Tests, Cooperative Learning, Summative Evaluation
Hougham, R. Justin; Eitel, Karla C. Bradley; Miller, Brant G. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
In this article we explore how reconceptualizing the role of technology in place-based education (PBE) enhances place responsive pedagogies through technology. Combining the strengths of adventure learning (AL) and PBE, Adventure Learning @ (AL@) advances both place responsive education and online learning in science education. This is needed, as…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Place Based Education, Technology Uses in Education, Science Education
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