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Restraining Bends and Releasing Bends
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Students use gestures to re-create the motion of fault blocks adjacent to restraining bends and releasing bends. They then answer a few questions about a map view of the San Andreas Fault and two of its bends.

BGeology 3D

Laura Marie Leventhal, Dale S. Klopfer, Charles Onasch, Guy Zimmerman
This site from the Interdisciplinary Research in Geology, Computer Science, and Psychology at Bowling Green State University provides teaching tools for the geological sciences. The NSF-funded ...

The Hidden Earth: Visualization of Geologic Features and their Subsurface Geometry
Michael D. Piburn, Stephen J. Reynolds, Debra E. Leedy, Carla M. McAuliffe, James P. Burk, Julia K. Johnson
This paper describes the development and testing of computer-based materials for improving understanding of topographic maps and geologic block diagrams and the associated visualization skills. The ...

Pictorial Aids for Learning by Doing in a Multimedia Geology Simulation Game
R.E. Mayer, P. Mautone, W. Prothero
How can we help students learn to solve authentic geology problems within a virtual environment? This article describes the results of various scaffolding methods for students who were asked to ...

Using Mobile Mapping to Determine Rates of Meander Migration in an Undergraduate Geomorphology Course
Kirsten Menking, Meg E. Stewart
Students in an undergraduate geomorphology course used tablet computers equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map the current ...

Fostering Students' Comprehension of Topographic Maps
David N. Rapp, Steven Culpepper, Kent Kirkby, Paul Morin
Novice earth science students often have difficulty visualizing three-dimensional interpretations of flat, two-dimensional displays. This challenge becomes apparent when students attempt to ...

Mobile GIS in geologic mapping exercises
Klauis Neumann, Michael Kutis
We have been developing and teaching the components of mobile GIS in Field Methods courses and will be incorporating them into Structural Geology exercises. Since the bedrock in east central Indiana ...

Seeing the big picture: map use and the development of spatial cognition
D.H. Uttal
This paper considers the relation between the development of spatial cognition and children's use of maps and models. A new theoretical perspective is presented that takes into account the influences ...

Use of a virtual environment in the Geowall to increase student confidence and perfomrance during field mapping: An example from an introductory-level field class
Michael M. Kelly, Nancy R. Riggs
Geology students often have difficulty learning the baseline terrain-analysis skills required for success in introductory field geology. Students in the Introductory Field Methods class at Northern ...

University Students' Conceptualization and Interpretation of Topographic Maps
Douglas Clark, Stephen Reynolds, Vivian Lemanowski, Thomas Stiles, Senay Yasar, Sian Proctor, Elizabeth Lewis, Charlotte Stromfors, James Corkins
(from the abstract) This study investigates the strategies and assumptions that college students entering an introductory physical geology laboratory use to interpret topographic maps, and follows ...

Bringing the Field into the Classroom by Using Dynamic Digital Maps to Engage Undergraduate Students in Petrology Research
Theresa M. Boundy, Christopher Condit
We utilize Dynamic Digital Maps (DDMs) in our undergraduate petrology courses to bring in accessible and exciting volcanic field areas to the students in the class room and to engage the students in ...

The Hidden Earth: Visualization of Geologic Features and their Subsurface Geometry

Jessey David
This PDF from researchers at Arizona State University illustrates useful graphs, charts and maps with which to teach undergraduates petrology and other processes beneath the earth's surface.

Development and Evaluation of Where are We?: Map-skills Software and Curriculum
Kim Kastens, D. Kaplan, K. Christie-Blick
Improvements in the instructional materials used in the prototype version of the Where are We program were accomplished through formative evaluation. These improvements include replacement of ...

An Interactive Multimedia Tool for Helping Students to Translate from Maps to Reality and Vice Versa
Kim Kastens, D. VanEsselstyn, R. McClintock
This article outlines the rationale and implementation of the early phases of the Where are We? map utilization program. This program uses multimedia technology to help students understand how 2-D ...

Position Location on Topographical Maps: Effects of Task Factors, Training and Strategy
N. Schofield, and J. Kirby
This study examines task factors, cognitive processes, and individual differences as determinants of performance differences when locating a position on a topographical map from a given position on ...

Selective encoding in the interpretation of topographic maps
M. Eley
This paper describes two experiments in which experienced adult map readers compared three-dimensional land surface drawings against previously and separately studied contour maps. Results indicate ...

The differential susceptibility of topographic map interpretation to influence from training
M. Eley
This study appraises the extent to which subjects' implementation of map to landsurface matching is task-determined or influenced by training. Study subjects comprised three groups of 19 early ...

Skill in map reading and memory for maps
K. Gilhooly, M. Wood, P. Kinnear, and C. Green
This paper investigates the applicability of the maxim on expert memory to the case of topographic contour map reading. This study aims to clarify the role of map reading skill in map memory through ...

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