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. 1, January

2006 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...
Acceptance of the 2006 Biggs Award
I am truly honored to be named this year's recipient of the Donald and Carolyn Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. I thank the selection committee and the Geoscience Education division of the GSA for placing me among this distinguished...
Acceptance of the 2006 Neil Miner Award
Thank you Bob for your overly generous comments. Bob Ridky is one of the people who is responsible in more ways than one for my standing before you today. He is one of several former secondary school earth science teachers I had the privilege of having...
An Immersion Professional Development Program in Environmental Science for Inservice Elementary School Teachers
ABSTRACTPoor performance by elementary school students on science assessment tests is due in part to inadequate science education for teachers. Environmental Science for Elementary School Teachers (ESEST) is a 14-year collaboration between university...
A Simple Sand Column Laboratory Exercise to Illustrate Pollutant Hydrology in Groundwater Systems
ABSTRACTThe transport of pollutants in groundwater systems is an important concept taught in contaminant hydrology. Yet, surprisingly, no relevant soil column experiments have been described in the pedagogical literature (Journal of Chemical Education,...
Building A Community of Teacher Learners in an Earth/Environmental Science Professional Development Opportunity
ABSTRACTThis study documents a support system that arose in the context of an NSF-funded, three-year professional development initiative for middle and high school earth/environmental science teachers entitled Earth-View (ESI-9911850). Three data sources...
Case-Based Learning in an Upper Level Petrology Laboratory Class
ABSTRACTWe designed new laboratory exercises for undergraduate igneous petrology that teach the fundamentals of petrography and petrology within the framework of tectonic environments. Our exercises are designed to promote the use of the scientific method...
Developing Science Literacy Using Interactive Engagements for Conceptual Understanding of Change through Time
ABSTRACTGeneral education requirements for science classes exist to convey science literacy. The realm of science concerns matter, energy, and time. A particular value of geology lies in providing students with understanding of change througn time, which...
Exploring the Relationship of Scratch Resistance, Hardness, and Other Physical Properties of Minerals Using Mohs Scale Minerals
ABSTRACTThe Mohs scale is enshrined in geoscience curricula as a simple and effective tool for identifying minerals and understanding the influence of crystal structure and chemistry on physical properties; e.g., hardness. Measuring scratch resistance...
Fostering Students' Comprehension of Topographic Maps
ABSTRACTNovice earth science students often have difficulty visualizing three-dimensional interpretations of flat, two-dimensional displays. This challenge becomes apparent when students attempt to comprehend topographic maps. In this study, we investigated...
Increased Student Learning and Attendance in Resources Geology through the Combination of Sentence-Headline Slides and Active Learning Measures
ABSTRACTThis study assessed how combining active learning measures with teaching slides that relied on sentence headlines affected test scores and attendance in a large resources geology course. For all six sections of the course, the following remained...
Presentation of the Biggs Award to Gary Solar
Geological Society of America 2006 Biggs Earth Science Teaching AwardIt is with great pleasure that I introduce my colleague, Professor Gary Solar, the recipient of the 2006 Donald and Carolyn Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award. The Biggs award was created...
Presentation of the Neil Miner Award to William D. Romey
National Association of Geoscience Teachers 2006 Neil Miner AwardIt is indeed a privilege to be the citationist for the presentation of the Neil Miner Award to William D. Romey. For over four decades, Bill has been an exceptional and sustaining contributor...
Student Evaluation of Cities' Hazards and Benefits for Company Relocation: An Introductory Geology Class Project in Educated Citizenship
ABSTRACTDirected inquiry is used in an introductory geology class at Northern Kentucky University as a means for introducing students to the role of geology in community politics while also teaching students critical thinking skills, data analysis skills...
The Problem with Using Problem-Based Learning to Teach Middle School Earth/Space Science in a High Stakes Testing Society
ABSTRACTThis study examines whether middle school students learn as much via Problem-based Learning (PBL) as they do in non-PBL classrooms on multiple-choice tests. The questions on the tests covered textbook content, were predominantly fact-based, and...
Toward the Improvement of Reasoning and Writing Skills in Sedimentary Geology
ABSTRACTA series of exercises has been gathered into an inquiry-based writing assignment for an undergraduate course in sedimentary geology, the purpose of which is to improve students' skills in geological reasoning, problem solving, and writing. The...
Using Numerical Models to Teach Sequence Stratigraphic Principles and the Nature of the Stratigraphic Record
ABSTRACTSequence stratigraphy has become a central topic for sedimentology and stratigraphy. While outcrop studies are an important part of introducing sequence stratigraphic concepts to students, computer models go beyond the mostly descriptive approach...
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