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. 4, November

Creating Pathways toward Geoscience Education for Native American Youth: The Importance of Cultural Relevance and Self-Concept
Sara Unsworth,13 Eric M. Riggs,2 and Marc Chavez3ABSTRACTNative American nations in the United States have a unique legal status that is rooted in a complex relationship between the United States federal government, individual state and local governments...
Educator Perspectives on Earth System Science Literacy: Challenges and Priorities
ABSTRACTThe challenges and priorities of defining and achieving Earth System Science (ESS) literacy are examined through surveys of geoscience educators attending a professional geological meeting. Two surveys with Likert-style and free-response questions...
Geological Field Techniques: A Book Review
Geological Field Techniques: A Book ReviewKey words: field methods, book reviewGeological Field Techniques by Coe et al. (2010) continues and builds on a long legacy of field instruction books from Geike (1905) to Lahee (1916 and later editions) to Compton...
It's Time to Stand Up for Earth Science
ABSTRACTThis commentary paper focuses upon the loss of respect for Earth Sciences on the part of many school districts across the United States. Too many Earth Science teachers are uncertified to teach Earth Science, or hold certificates to teach the...
Making Sense of the Atmospheric Science Gender Gap: Do Female and Male Graduate Students Have Different Career Motives, Goals, and Challenges?
ABSTRACTThere is a persisting gap in the participation of women in atmospheric science (ATS), particularly at the higher levels of ATS education and occupations. This gap raises questions about ATS women's career motives, plans, and challenges relative...
Museum-Based Teacher Professional Development: Peabody Fellows in Earth Science
ABSTRACTThe Peabody Fellows in Earth Science program was a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers to enhance their knowledge of, and teaching skills in, the Earth sciences. It combined a summer institute and academic...
Not Just "Rocks for Jocks": Who Are Introductory Geology Students and Why Are They Here?
ABSTRACTDo students really enroll in Introductory Geology because they think it is "rocks for jocks"? In this study, we examine the widely held assumption that students view geology as a qualitative and remedial option for fulfilling a general education...
Peer-Review of Digital Educational Resources-A Rigorous Review Process Developed by the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
ABSTRACTEducators seek to develop 21st century skills in the classroom by incorporating educational materials other than textbooks into their lessons, such as digitally available activities, videos, and visualizations. A problem that educators face is...
Practicality and Philosophy of Journal Publication
A year ago November, I was transitioning to the Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) Editor-in-Chief position, and JGE was transitioning to a new publishing company, Allen Press. While I had been involved with JGE for many years, that was the first...
Teaching Environmental Geochemistry: An Authentic Inquiry Approach
ABSTRACTA field-based environmental geochemistry course was developed at Western Michigan University for undergraduate geosciences and environmental studies students to (1) improve student understanding of complex environmental systems, specifically...
Using Sieving and Unknown Sand Samples for a Sedimentation-Stratigraphy Class Project with Linkage to Introductory Courses
ABSTRACTUsing sieving and sample "unknowns" for instructional grain-size analysis and interpretation of sands in undergraduate sedimentology courses has advantages over other techniques. Students (1) learn to calculate and use statistics; (2) visually...
Using Students' Sketches to Recognize Alternative Conceptions about Plate Tectonics Persisting from Prior Instruction
ABSTRACTShould instructors assume that students possess conceptual knowledge of plate tectonics when they reach a second college geoscience course? Five cohorts in a historical geology course over 5 y-a total of 149 students-completed an in-class assignment...
Utilizing Xenarthra (Tree Sloth, Anteater, Armadillo, Ground Sloth, Glyptodont, and Pampathere) Cranial Material to Evaluate Students' Understanding of This Thing Called Science
ABSTRACTTwo-thirds of U.S. citizens do not understand the scientific process. There is a clear misunderstanding about what science is-and is not-both in our society and in the classroom. Furthermore, students below basic proficiency are locked into an...
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