Journal of Geoscience Education

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

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 2, May

Broadening Diversity in the Geosciences through Teacher-Student Workshops That Emphasize Community-Based Research Projects
ABSTRACTThe Geosciences Institute for Research and Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has been an example of a successful and effective model in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the geosciences. The program emphasizes...
College Students' Conceptions of the Role of Rivers in Canyon Formation
ABSTRACTRivers are important surficial geologic processes that shape Earth's landscape. Students' conceptions of river features and processes serve as a foundation for their learning of new river concepts. Despite the importance of rivers and students'...
Developing and Applying a Set of Earth Science Literacy Principles
ABSTRACTThe 21st century will be defined by challenges such as understanding and preparing for climate change and ensuring the availability of resources such as water and energy, which are issues deeply rooted in Earth science. Understanding Earth science...
Geoscience Education in the Boy Scouts of America
ABSTRACTBoy Scout geoscience education is not "desk" education-it is an informal, hands-on, real-world education where Scouts learn through activities, trips, and the outdoors, as well as in meetings and in the merit badge program. Merit badge requirements,...
Increasing Expertise in Earth Science Education through Master's Education
ABSTRACTThe processes of developing and the results of testing a master's degree program designed to increase the number and quality of secondary-level earth science teachers are described in this paper. The master's program is intended to serve practicing...
Quality vs. Quantity in Undergraduate Geoscience Education
Earlier this year I served as an external evaluator of a geoscience department at a liberal arts public university. The geology program in this department is small but vibrant. Let me reiterate: small, but vibrant. Small is unquestionable. It's a fact....
Schoolyard Geology as a Bridge between Urban Thinkers and the Natural World
ABSTRACTStudents who have a strong urban place-identity may perceive the natural world differently from many geoscience instructors. These urban thinkers have less experience in the natural world and are more comfortable in built environments. They may...
Science Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Scientific Literature: Guidelines for Evaluating Scientific Literature in the Classroom
ABSTRACTIn this work, we present an approach for teaching students to evaluate scientific literature and other materials critically. We use four criteria divided into two tiers: original research, authority, objectivity, and validity. The first tier,...
Teaching Radioactive Decay and Radiometric Dating: An Analog Activity Based on Fluid Dynamics
ABSTRACTWe present a new laboratory activity for teaching radioactive decay by using hydrodynamic processes as an analog and an evaluation of its efficacy in the classroom. A fluid flowing from an upper beaker into a lower beaker (shampoo in this case)...
The Geology of Mexico: A Quantitative Evaluation of a Course Designed to Increase the Number of Hispanic Students Participating in the Geosciences at California State University, Sacramento
ABSTRACTWe present a quantitative evaluation of the effectiveness of a newly developed introductory course, Geology of Mexico, in attracting Hispanic students, encouraging them to take more geology courses, and recruiting them to the major. The student...
The Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) Teacher Professional Development Program: Making the Case for Climate and Geospatial Literacy
ABSTRACTIn July 2008, a new professional development program called Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) began at the University of Vermont. Its goal was to enhance the competency of in-service K-12 science and mathematics Vermont teachers in the atmospheric,...
Using the Domenico Solution to Teach Contaminant Transport Modeling
ABSTRACTThe Domenico solution is a heuristic simplification of a solution to the transport equation. Although there is a growing consensus that the Domenico solution is undesirable for use in professional and research applications due to departures from...
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