Journal of Geoscience Education

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 2, March

2007 GSA Biggs Award
I have many people to thank who have been a source of help and encouragement and inspiration, but most of all I thank my wife Nikki and I share this award with her. Together, we have taken notes written on napkins and turned them into exciting experiences...
2007 GSA Biggs Award
Is my pleasure to provide introductory remarks for Joe Elkins, recipient of the 2007 Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award. I regret not being able to attend to in person to introduce him. I got to know Joe while I was a graduate student at Bowling Green...
2007 NAGT James H. Shea Award
I am both honored and humbled to be here today and to accept this award from my community of peers and mentors, when I first learned that I was to receive this award, I was curious about the careers and contributions of previous recipients. The list...
2007 NAGT James H. Shea Award
It is my pleasure to present the 2007 James H. Shea award to Julie C. Libarkin of Michigan State University.The Shea award was established in 1991 by the officers of NAGT in honor of Jim Shea, long serving editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education....
2007 NAGT Neil Miner Award
Thank you Don for your generous comments; as I will reveal soon, your influence on me is paramount to me standing here today. I would also like to thank you, my fellow geoscience educators, for this most memorable day of my professional career. I am...
A Matlab Script for Visualizing Structure Contours and Outcrop Patterns in Three Dimensions
ABSTRACTStructure contours are one of the most important concepts of geological maps, but students often find it difficult to visualize them in three dimensions (3D). A simple Matlab script is presented, which is intended to assist students in the visualization...
An Active Learning Exercise for Introducing Ground-Water Extraction from Confined Aquifers
ABSTRACTThe concepts of total stress, effective stress, and fluid pressure are important to understanding where water comes from when producing water from a confined aquifer system. However, the overall conceptual image of pumping confined aquifers is...
An Analysis of the Bachelor of Science in Geology Degree as Offered in the United States
ABSTRACTThe Bachelor of Science in Geology degree is offered by nearly 300 universities and colleges in the United States. The curriculum of these degree programs is composed of three parts: core required and elective geology courses, cognate science...
Assessment of a Weather Forecasting Contest in Multi-Leveled Meteorology Classes
ABSTRACTThis study assesses an extra-credit weather forecasting contest offered in three different introductory meteorology courses, each consisting of a different student population: general education (Gen. Ed.) students, geology majors, and graduate...
Earth Science Teachers' Perceptions of an Autonomous Fieldwork Assignment in a Nationwide Online Paleontology Course
ABSTRACTIn a nationwide graduate paleontology class of teachers taught entirely online, students (N=36) were required to apply their content knowledge in a self-selected local field area through collection and identification of a small number of fossil...
Examples for Integrating Venus Magellan Imagery into Geoscience Classes
ABSTRACTSpacecraft-collected remotely sensed datasets provide an excellent vehicle for illustrating and conveying geologic principles and scientific reasoning to students. A particularly useful dataset includes synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery...
Experiential Discoveries in Geoscience Education: The EDGE Program in Alaska
ABSTRACTAlaska's students directly observe their high-latitude landscape changing in response to both active tectonics and warming temperatures. Alaska's secondary school teachers must increasingly provide Earth systems science education that integrates...
How Gender and Race of Geologists Are Portrayed in Physical Geology Textbooks
ABSTRACTAGI estimates that 275,000 physical geology text books are sold in the United States per year. We selected 15 texts from nine different publishers. Data was collected from photos with scientists. Gender data was divided into male, female, and...
Just-in-Time-Teaching (JiTT) Improves Students' Performance in Classes - Adaptation of JiTT in Four Geography Courses
ABSTRACTBy constructing "treatment" and "control" groups from existing grade rolls of courses taught with Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) method and traditional lecturing in recent years, this study demonstrates that JiTT improves student performance in...
Neil Miner Award Citation - 2007
The Neil Miner Award, established in 1953 by the National Association Geoscience Teachers, recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences. The person I cite to you today certainly measures...
Requirements for a Workable Intern/Practicum in the Environmental Sciences: Experience for Careers and Graduate School
ABSTRACTEmployers and graduate schools have indicated a preference for applicants who have practical experience. Internships or practica can make majors much more attractive, but many institutions find the programs difficult to establish and labor-intensive.Programs...
Rocks of Mohave County, Arizona: An Educational Landscape Display
ABSTRACTThe creation of an educational geologic display at the Lake Havasu City campus of Mohave Community College was accomplished by collecting boulder-sized specimens of representative rock types that occur within the boundaries of Mohave County,...
Using a Modified Hele-Shaw Cell to Understand the Layering of Strata
ABSTRACTThe modified Hele-Shaw cell lets us simulate sedimentation in a wide variety of situations from a river bed to a sedimentary basin. It illustrates deposition and erosion, stratigraphy, progradation, aggradation, and the origin of sedimentary...
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