Use of an inquiry approach for exploring relationships between small stream dynamics, channel geometry, and bedform movement
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
Resources in this top level collection a) must have scored Exemplary or Very Good in all five review categories, and must also rate as “Exemplary” in at least three of the five categories. The five categories included in the peer review process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: Jun 27, 2006
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
This exercise can be used with students having a range of backgrounds.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Beyond this general goal - that students gain some insight into fluvial sedimentary processes through this hands-on activity.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Points are given for field notes (that are tied to the inquiry steps given in the direction sheet) and for the final group presentation. The review of field notes is to assess whether they achieve the goals listed above. (This assumes the short version of the inquiry project - see attached documents). An evaluation form that has been used is provided in the supporting materials (below).
Download teaching materials and tips
- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 42kB Jun27 06)
- Instructors Notes (Microsoft Word 35kB Jun27 06)
- Longer version of the inquiry project - including formal written report (Microsoft Word 39kB Jun27 06)
- Evaluation form (Microsoft Word 42kB Jun27 06)
- A Non-Inquiry Version of this field project (Microsoft Word 36kB Jun27 06)