25 Years of Progress in Geoscience Education

Compiled by David Mogk, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University

This is a compilation of major events, reports and resources that have provided the vision and laid the foundation for 25 years of progress in geoscience education. The geoscience community has responded to these recommendations in the design and development of new courses, curricula, instructional resources, and professional development programs for faculty and students. This represents a tremendous community effort to support excellence in geoscience education. These resources provide the foundations for, or have derived from, work done by the On the Cutting Edge program for geoscience faculty professional development.
The geoscience education community has made remarkable progress in the past quarter century. Major contributions have been made with respect to 1) "what" we teach about the Earth with an emerging focus on Earth system science; 2) "how" we teach about the Earth, with an emphasis on student-centered, active learning; 3) integration of research and education, including use of Earth data and engagement of students in authentic research; 4) use of visualizations, animations, and instructional technologies in the classroom, laboratory, and field; 4) recruitment and retention of majors in the Earth sciences, reaching students from underrepresented groups and preparation for the workforce; 5) application of new advances in cognitive and learning sciences to promote student learning and assessments of student learning outcomes; and 6) the important role of departments, professional society, and federal agencies in defining and supporting geoscience education.

"White Papers" and Workshops Addressing Vision and Challenges

Vision from the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and PCAST:

Vision from the Geoscience Community

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Pedagogy, Course and Curriculum Design, Instructional Resources

Programs supported by the National Science Foundation

The New Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure and Geo-Education

The "Literacies"

Earth Science disciplines have engaged community wide discussions to develop these series of "literacies" that define what every scientifically literate citizen should know about the Earth:

Research on Learning

Resources from the National Research Council

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Resources from the Geosciences

Bringing Research Cover

About Departments, Professional Organizations

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Preparation for the Geoscience Workforce

Teacher Preparation and Enhancement

Recruitment and Retention of Students in the STEM Disciplines

Diversity, Recruitment of Underrepresented Groups

Scientific Portals (including education and outreach services)


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