Journal of Geoscience Education

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

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 3, August

A Capstone Course in Ecuador: The Andes/Galápagos Volcanology Field Camp Program
INTRODUCTIONGeology has always been rooted in the field. For this reason, teaching in the field has been shown to be a particularly effective means of training geologists (Douglas et al., 2009). This is true in an academic sense, but it is also recognized...
Assessing the Influence of an Educational Presentation on Climate Change Beliefs at an Evangelical Christian College
INTRODUCTIONDespite overwhelming scientific agreement on the ecological and humanitarian implications of climate change, Americans display some of the lowest concern about global warming of any developed nation in the world (Kvaloy et al., 2012). While...
Engaging Engineering Students in Geoscience through Case Studies and Active Learning
INTRODUCTIONIt is critical for engineering students to connect foundational science concepts to their applications. This is the case for geoscience in mining engineering. Most mining engineering tasks rely on knowledge of geological processes, geological...
Exploring the Item Order Effect in a Geoscience Concept Inventory
BACKGROUNDDevelopment of a Concept InventoryConcept inventories have been recognized as an effective tool for assessing student knowledge in science fields (McConnell et al., 2006; Libarkin, 2008). Currently concept inventories have been developed in...
Influence of Geographic Affiliation on Student Performance in Online Geology and Meteorology Courses
INTRODUCTIONThe understanding of an individual's sense of place/ geographic affiliation in conjunction with his or her ability to acquire new knowledge in an online environment is an innovative field. Under the constructivist mindset, an individual enters...
Instructor-Led Approach to Integrating an Augmented Reality Sandbox into a Large-Enrollment Introductory Geoscience Course for Nonmajors Produces No Gains
INTRODUCTIONTopographic maps are a commonly used medium for describing the shape of the surface of Earth. Topographic data are key factors needed to intelligently manage a wide variety of natural hazards (e.g., flooding, landslides, sea-level rise, etc.);...
Integrating Scientific Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Writing and Learning in a Global Environmental Change Course
INTRODUCTIONActive learning has become well established as a more effective strategy than traditional lecturing for teaching and retaining students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields (Springer et al., 1999; Handelsman...
Students' Conceptions of Glaciers and Ice Ages: Applying the Model of Educational Reconstruction to Improve Learning
INTRODUCTIONStatements such as "the whole earth was covered by ice," "glacial ice can originate from the freezing of melted water," and "a huge flood at the end of the ice age mainly formed this landscape" can be found throughout the scientific literature,...
Towards the STEM DBER Alliance: Why We Need a Discipline-Based, STEM-Education Research Community
WHAT IS DBER?Discipline-based education research (DBER) is a term that has emerged in the past few decades to describe research that "investigates learning and teaching in a discipline using a range of methods with deep grounding in the discipline's...
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