Geoscientific Thinking and Introductory Geoscience Students
See example activities that explicitly incorporates geoscientific thinking for introductory geoscience students
- In his activity titled, Think-Aloud Modeling of Geologic Reasoning in the Field, Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University, encourages students to think aloud as they reason through a problem.
- Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College, introduces students to modeling through an inquiry activity titled, Making the Black Box Model More Transparent.
- In her activity titled Tracking Tectonic Plates Using Two Independent Methods, Laurel Goodell, Princeton University, explains how students test their own hypotheses about plate motions.
- Anne Egger, Central Washington University, applies inquiry methods to provide students with a mathematical understanding of the principle of isostasy in her activity titled, Density, Isostasy, and Topography.
Read essays on teaching geoscientific thinking to introductory geoscience students
- Beth Dushman, Del Mar College, writes about how she makes geoscientific thinking explict for her students in her essay titled: Introducing the methods of geoscience to physical geology students.
- In an essay titled: What should all citizens know about geoscience?, Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin, writes about problems with the way introductory geoscience courses are currently taught and provides a possible solution that includes explicitly teaching geoscientific thinking.
- Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College, writes about how she focuses on teaching geoscientific thinking by addressing the nature of geoscience through modeling in her essay titled: Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors?
Explore a course description that addresses geoscientific thinking for introductory geoscience students
- Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College, focuses on using field experiences in her Introductory Field Studies course.
- In her course titled, Earth Systems Science, Kim Hannula, Ft. Lewis College, describes how she addresses her main goal of getting students to evaluate multiple hypotheses by using geologic data.
- Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College, explains how students evaluate different types of evidence to both understand geologic hazards and to assess risks in her course titled, Geologic Disasters and the Environment.
- Read more about teaching introductory classes.
- Read more about the role of metacognition the affective domain in learning.
- Read more about teaching with models in the geosciences.