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On the persistence of unicorns: The tradeoff between content and critical thinking revisited
Craig E. Nelson
This is a follow-up to Craig Nelson's earlier piece ('Skewered on the unicorn's horn,' published in 1989) that describes how to deal with the perceived trade-off in courses between emphasizing ...

Communicating Rocks: Writing, Speaking, and Thinking About Geology
Peter Copeland
This is a student-oriented, thin textbook for written and oral communication in the geosciences. It includes a good 'problem words and concepts'; section that is highly specific to geoscience ...

A Model of Inquiry for Teaching Earth Science
E. J. Pyle
Earth science is an interdisciplinary science that uses methods that are different than physical sciences therefore the model of inquiry used in Earth science must also be different. This paper ...

Developing and Applying the Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions Needed for Effective Earth Science Teaching: in The continuum of secondary science teacher preparation
Eric J. Pyle, Bonnie Brunkhorst
This chapter addresses the capacities a teacher of Earth Science may need regarding teaching the methods geoscientists use to understand the earth. It focuses on presenting an understanding of ...

The Nature of Science, Always Part of the Science Story
M.P. Clough
This article suggests several strategies for accurately portraying the nature of science (NOS) in the classroom. Though the target audience for The Science Teacher is primarily high school teachers, ...

Geoscience and geoscientists: Uniquely equipped to study Earth
C. A. Manduca, K. A. Kastens
This paper introduces the GSA Special Paper Earth and Mind II, and provides an introduction to the common approaches, techniques, perspectives, and values that geoscientists use. This is an excellent ...