Journal of Geoscience Education

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

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 4, September

A Standards-Based Curriculum for Clay Science
ABSTRACTA prekindergarten to 12th grade curriculum for clay science is presented based on the Benchmarks for science literacy and the National science education standards. These clay concepts support learning in chemistry, physical science, and Earth...
Developing Preschoolers' Science Vocabulary through Clay Explorations
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to determine the improvement in descriptive vocabulary of preschool children as a result of lessons that focused on the physical properties of clay. During a six-lesson art-science unit, four and five year old children...
Engaging First Grade Students in a Geoscience Campus Field Trip
ABSTRACTWe present a geology field trip for first grade students, which includes four hands-on, age-appropriate activities on rocks, minerals, soil and fossils. The content of this program called Geokids adheres to the California educational standards...
Preservice Elementary Teachers' Ideas about Clays
ABSTRACTClays are important industrial materials used for many purposes because of their plasticity and other unique properties. Clay science concepts can be used to effectively support learning of foundational science principles in elementary grades....
Preservice Elementary Teachers' Images of Clay Scientists
ABSTRACTThe Draw-A-Scientist test, a popular projective test in use for decades, reveals the drawer's attitudes toward science. This study examined and compared images of "scientists" and "clay scientists" drawn by 87 preservice elementary teachers before...
Project Based Learning Approach to Shale Diagenesis: A Better Avenue to the Big Picture
ABSTRACTThis article describes an experimental six-month study that was created to introduce first semester graduate students to geological research in fine-grained rocks. The study was conducted within a graduate-level Clastic Diagenesis course where...
Research in Science Education: The Expert-Novice Continuum
INTRODUCTIONJosé teaches a capstone course for geoscience majors, and has recently become head of his department's curriculum committee. As José prepares for the first meeting of the curriculum committee and considers the structure of his capstone course,...
Seventh Grade Students Learn about the Use of Clays in Everyday Products
ABSTRACTClay minerals are widespread at the Earth's surface, compose a large percentage of sedimentary rocks, and are important components of many common products including brick and tile, tableware, sanitaryware, paper, paints, plastics, rubber, cosmetics,...
Using Trade Books to Teach about Clay Minerals
ABSTRACTResearch shows that content area knowledge and attitudes toward academic subjects can be enhanced when teachers use trade books in their classrooms. This article reports on an analysis of children's books relating to the topic of clay minerals....
Weathering of Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary Rocks in a Semi-Arid Climate - Clay Mineralogy in a Geological Engineering Context
ABSTRACTThe identification of clay mineral assemblages in soils provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate how basic principles of mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry are applied to engineering design criteria in construction site preparation....