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Water Towers, Pump Houses, and Mountain Streams: Students' Ideas about Watersheds
Daniel P. Shepardson, Jon Harbor, Bryan Wee
The watershed concept is important in many areas of geology and environmental science, and the purpose of this study was to investigate students' ideas about watersheds and how these ideas change ...

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 ...

Students, fieldwork, space and time
C. King
This paper suggests how to get students to build up an overall perspective of the different rock sequences they see during a field excursion. It outlines a five-prong approach aimed at understanding ...

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 ...

Earth and Mind: How Geologists Think and Learn about the Earth
C.A. Manduca, D.W. Mogk
What does it mean to be a geoscientist? What characterizes the expertise that geoscientists bring to understanding the Earth? How do students develop this expertise? This volume brings together ...

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences: A cross-disciplinary look at the intersection of the two fields
K.A. Kastens, T. Ishikawa
This paper discusses major tasks that professional geoscientists and geoscience learners tackle, with a focus on the spatial nature of the tasks and underlying cognitive processes. Specific tasks ...

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 ...

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 ...

Freshmen learning in a web-based chemistry course
Y.J. Dori
Chemistry courses in higher education have traditionally been composed of lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratories. This study describes a Web-based chemistry course and the learning ...

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 ...

Campus landscaping by constructing mock geologic outcrops
David J. Matty
Student learning in the geosciences is enhanced by exposure to geology "in the field," where students put knowledge into practice to solve problems and make interpretations. Nonetheless, ...

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 ...

Spatial Metaphor in Temporal Reasoning
Dedre Gentner
Abstract from this book chapter: We often talk about time in terms of space: of looking forward to a brighter tomorrow, of troubles that lie behind us, or of music that played all through the night. ...

Education for Spatial Thinking
L. S. Liben
This chapter argues for the importance of spatial thinking and hence spatial education, particularly for the sciences. It reviews theoretical approaches to the development of spatial cognition, group ...

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 ...

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