Workshop on Teaching about the Early Earth: Evolution of Tectonics, Life, and the Early Atmosphere
April 12-14, 2007, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
This workshop brought together experts in early earth research and geoscience education to explore opportunities to bring this exciting research into undergraduate classrooms.
Goals of the workshop were to:
- Learn about new research on the early Earth
- Understand the early Earth as a system that incorporates the solid earth, ocean/atmosphere/climate, and early life. This is an excellent opportunity to engage the earth systems approach and extend it to modern processes.
- Consider how to move exciting new ideas about the early Earth into teaching geoscience
- Produce ideas, activities and resources for teaching about the early Earth
- Lynn Margulis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James Kasting, The Pennsylvania State University
Stanley Awramik, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Cathryn Manduca, Carleton College
David Mogk, Montana State University
Michael Williams, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This workshop is one of the 2006-07 On the Cutting Edge Emerging Theme Workshops, which are designed to move critical ideas and concepts into the main-stream of geoscience education. This workshop was built upon prior workshops such as Teaching Public Policy in the Earth Sciences, Observing and Assessing Student Learning and Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations: Using Images, Animations and Models Effectively.
This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education. We are part of the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE).