Journal of Geoscience Education

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

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 5, November

A Comparison of the Performance of Online versus Traditional On-Campus Earth Science Students on Identical Exams
ABSTRACTIn this paper I compare the performance of online versus traditional on-campus students on identical exams in an earth science class. The number of college level distance learning classes offered online continues to increase as they offer greater...
Climate Change in the Classroom: Patterns, Motivations, and Barriers to Instruction among Colorado Science Teachers
ABSTRACTA large online survey of Colorado public school science teachers (n=628) on the topic of climate change instruction was conducted in 2007. A majority of Earth science teachers were found to include climate and climate change in their courses....
Editorial: Technology and the Future for JGE
The November 2010 issue of JGE highlights the exciting instruction and research emerging from the geoscience education community today. The diversity of instructional approaches documented in Curriculum & Instruction papers, from simulation of an...
Linking Physical Geography Education and Research through the Development of an Environmental Sensing Network and Project-Based Learning
ABSTRACTGeographic education is more effective when students actively participate by developing hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and discussing results. We describe an innovative pedagogical approach, in which students...
Peer Instruction and Lecture Tutorials Equally Improve Student Learning in Introductory Geology Classes
ABSTRACTAlthough active learning methodologies have been implemented in geoscience classes successfully, no direct comparison between these different instructional techniques exists to date. For that reason, the purpose of this study was to compare the...
Perceptions of the Nature of Science by Geoscience Students Experiencing Two Different Courses of Study
ABSTRACTStudent knowledge of the Nature of Science (NOS) is critical to their understanding of science. NOS encapsulates the tenets of how science is regarded and the heuristics by which science is judged to be valid and appropriate. The importance of...
The Campus Mine: An Adaptable Instruction Approach Using Simulated Underground Geology in a Campus Building to Improve Geospatial Reasoning before Fieldwork
ABSTRACTGeospatial skills are critical to effective geologic mapping, and many geoscience students experience challenges in developing good geologic interpretation and projection skills. A physical (non-virtual) underground mine mapping simulation in...
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