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Grissom, April N.; Czajka, C. Douglas; McConnell, David A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
The introductory physical geology laboratory courses taught at North Carolina State University aims to promote scientific thinking and learning through the use of scientific inquiry-based activities. A rubric describing five possible levels of inquiry was applied to characterize the laboratory activities in the course. Two rock and mineral…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Geology, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
Beaulieu, Stace E.; Emery, Emery; Brickley, Annette; Spargo, Abbey; Patterson, Kathleen; Joyce, Katherine; Silva, Tim; Madin, Katherine – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
Digital globes are new technologies increasingly used in informal and formal education to display global datasets and show connections among Earth systems. But how effective are digital globes in advancing public literacy in Earth system science? We addressed this question by developing new content for digital globes with the intent to educate and…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Scientific Literacy, Films, Science Education
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
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
Jolley, Alison; Ayala, Gianna – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2015
A new, interdisciplinary high school geoarchaeology curriculum unit, titled "Living with Volcanoes," was created and tested in two pilot lessons with 30 high school students total studying geography and classical civilization in northern England. Students were highly engaged during the curriculum unit and showed positive learning gains…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, High School Students, Geology
Ledley, Tamara Shapiro; Gold, Anne U.; Niepold, Frank; McCaffrey, Mark – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
In recent years, various climate change education efforts have been launched, including federally (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, etc.) and privately funded projects. In addition, climate literacy and energy literacy frameworks have been developed and…
Descriptors: Climate, Energy, Science Education, Energy Conservation
Johnson, Adam N.; Sievert, Regina; Durglo, Michael, Sr.; Finley, Vernon; Adams, Louis; Hofmann, Michael H. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
We investigated connections between the natural and the cultural history of the Flathead Indian Reservation through the integration of geoscience, traditional tribal knowledge, and oral narratives for the purpose of improving Earth Science education in the tribal community. The project served as an avenue for the incorporation of indigenous…
Descriptors: Reservation American Indians, American Indian Culture, American Indian History, Earth Science
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Lukes, Laura A.; McConnell, David A. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
There is a need to understand why some students succeed and persist in STEM fields and others do not. While numerous studies have focused on the positive results of using empirically validated teaching methods in introductory science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, little data has been collected about the student experience in…
Descriptors: Geology, Science Instruction, Student Motivation, Study Habits
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Dalbotten, Diana; Ito, Emi; Myrbo, Amy; Pellerin, Holly; Greensky, Lowana; Howes, Thomas; Wold, Andrew; Breckenridge, Rachel; Drake, Christa; Bucar, Leslie; Kowalczak, Courtney; Lindner, Cameron; Olson, Carolyn; Ray, T. J.; Rhodes, Richard; Woods, Philip; Yellowman, Tom – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
The Manoomin ''wild rice'' Science Camp program, a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is an example of how a community-based participatory research project can become the catalyst for STEM learning for an entire community, providing…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education, Institutional Cooperation
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McNeal, Karen S.; Libarkin, Julie C.; Ledley, Tamara Shapiro; Bardar, Erin; Haddad, Nick; Elins, Kathy; Dutta, Saranee – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
This study reports on an effort to illustrate the coupling of educational research with ongoing curriculum development to promote effective and evidence-based online learning. The research findings have been used to inform the "EarthLabs" curriculum development team as they revise existing modules and create new modules, in order to…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Climate, Earth Science, Online Courses
Soja, Constance M. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
In a first-year seminar on mass extinctions, a field-based, paleontology-focused exercise promotes active learning about Earth's biodiversity, form and function, and the biomimicry potential of ancient and modern life. Students study Devonian fossils at a local quarry and gain foundational experience in describing anatomy and relating form to…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Paleontology, Active Learning
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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
Cohn, Teresa Cavazos; Swanson, Elisabeth; Him, Gail Whiteman Runs; Hugs, Dora; Stevens, Lisa; Flamm, Devon – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
Solutions to many environmental challenges now require geoscience expertise, knowledge of global interconnectedness, and an understanding of local cultural nuances, a combination for which geoscientists and our students may not be prepared. The Crow Indian Reservation and its borderlands are a microcosm of these challenges, where geoscience…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Kirkby, Kent C. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2014
One of my principal goals at the University of Minnesota is to transform the university's entry-level geoscience program into an effective ''concluding'' geoscience course that provides students with a clear understanding of the many interactions between Earth processes and human society. Although place-based learning appeared to be a promising…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Place Based Education, Earth Science, Urban Areas
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