Journal of Geoscience Education

Peer reviewed journal focusing on pedagogy, assessment, and philosophy of teaching and learning about the geosciences.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, March

2005 NAGT Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science...
An Inexpensive, Concentrated Field Experience across the Cordillera
ABSTRACTWe offer a short expedition focused on developing the sense of geologic space and time traditionally acquired during field camp to a wide range of students, including future geoscientists, environmental scientists, K-12 teachers, and anyone planning...
Field-Based Instruction as Part of a Balanced Geoscience Curriculum at Washington and Lee University
ABSTRACTTraditionally at Washington and Lee University teaching in the field has been the core of our geology curriculum. We emphasize fieldwork at all levels of our instruction from the field-based introductory courses to our senior theses. We are fortunate...
Improving Student Learning during Travel Time on Field Trips Using an Innovative, Portable Audio/video System
ABSTRACTThe authors developed a portable audio/video system using consumer electronics to make use of travel time during field trips. This system gives field instructors the ability to deliver PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos/DVDs, and...
Integrating Handheld Technology with Field Investigations in Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses
ABSTRACTMany geoscience students do not receive the opportunity to use handheld computers and similar tools during field experiences until they enroll in upper-division courses or attend field camp. Although many outdoor exercises in introductory-level...
Integrating Policy and Land Management Issues into a Natural Sciences Education: Teaching Environmental Sciences on the Lower San Juan River, Utah
ABSTRACTThe Environmental Sciences Program at Northern Arizona University developed an interdisciplinary field course combining natural sciences (geology, biology, and chemistry), policy and land management centered on a place-based set or problems....
Integrating Undergraduate Education and Scientific Discovery through Field Research in Igneous Petrology
ABSTRACTWe recast a standard igneous petrology course at Fort Lewis College into a field-based, inquiry-driven research course focused on a specific field area, in this case the Tertiary volcanic complex at Ship Rock, Navajo Nation, New Mexico. The main...
Mobile GIS in Geologic Mapping Exercises
ABSTRACTWe have been developing and teaching the components of mobile GIS in Field Methods courses and will be incorporating them into Structural Geology exercises. Since the bedrock in east central Indiana is topographically invariant, non-inclined,...
Teachers Doing Science: An Authentic Geology Research Experience for Teachers
ABSTRACTFairmont State University (FSU) and the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES) provided a small pilot group of West Virginia science teachers with a professional development session designed to mimic experiences obtained by geology...
Teaching in the Field
This issue of JGE showcases the wide variety of ways that we teach students in the field.Field work has long been a hallmark of geoscience. Field experiences are fun (if the weather is good) and offer unique opportunities for students to develop skills...
The Muddy Creek Project: Evolution of a Field-Based Research and Learning Collaborative
ABSTRACTFor three years an on-going multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach collaboration has focused on the Muddy Creek Watershed in east-central Kentucky. At the core of the effort is a three-way partnership among a geologist, a geographer,...
Use of a Virtual Environment in the Geowall to Increase Student Confidence and Performance during Field Mapping: An Example from an Introductory-Level Field Class
ABSTRACTGeology students often have difficulty learning the baseline terrain-analysis skills required for success in introductory field geology. Students in the Introductory Field Methods class at Northern Arizona University are prepared, in part, for...
Using Environmental Service Learning in an Urban Environment to Address Water Quality Issues
ABSTRACTAs the global population continues to increase, consumption patterns and waste streams will directly impact the surrounding environment. How well communities manage natural resources (land, air, water) within urban environments will directly...
Using Field-Camp Experiences to Develop a Multidisciplinary Foundation for Petroleum Engineering Students
ABSTRACTA petroleum-engineering geology field camp in existence for over 50 years has evolved to reflect the goal of developing a multidisciplinary foundation, or shared cognitive interface, with other geoscience disciplines. Five learning objectives...