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Geosemiosis
V. R. Baker
Baker argues that geoscientists have not been active in developing a philosophy of geoscience. He contends that this paper marks an attempt to begin to describe the philosophical underpinnings of ...

Understanding Scientific Methodology in the Historical and Experimental Sciences via Language Analysis
J. Dodick, S. Argamon, P. Chase
This paper covers the same material as Argamon et al. (2008), though it is written in a more approachable style for the science education research audience. The authors include a review of studies of ...

Geological reasoning; geology as an interpretive and historical science
R. Frodeman
The goal of this paper is to encourage conversation between those who practice in the disciplines of geology and philosophy, lamenting the lack of attention that has been given to geology in favor of ...

How Geoscientists Think and Learn
K. Kastens, C. Manduca, C. Cervato, R. Frodeman, C. Goodwin, L. Liben, D. Mogk, T. Spangler, N. Stillings, S. Titus
This work shows that while geoscientists use a broad range of tools to study a diversity of problems, they share a distinctive set of approaches and perspectives that are particularly well suited to ...

Twelve Key 20th-Century Discoveries in the Geosciences
P. D. Lowman
While this paper is not strictly about geoscience methods, it is an interesting perspective on the discipline as a whole. It is worth noting that the vast majority of the discoveries that Lowman ...

What is it like to be a geologist? A phenomenology of geology and its epistemological implications
T. Raab, R. Frodeman
The authors of this article take a philosophical approach to geological field work, and describe how field work differs fundamentally from laboratory work. The authors build on the idea that field ...

Unique geologic insights from non-unique gravity and magnetic interpretation
R. W. Saltus
The authors address the fact that there are multiple possible interpretations of potential field anomalies (gravity and magnetic data), causing many to believe that any particular interpretation is ...

A Comparison of Exemplary Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics Teachers' Conceptions and Enactment of Inquiry
W. Breslyn
This is a research paper in which the authors used a mixed-methods approach to assess 60 secondary science teachers' conception and enactment of inquiry. The results indicate that those conceptions ...

Geology as an Historical Science: Its Perception within Science and the Education System
J. Dodick, N. Orion
This paper is an account of the history of why and how geology came to be viewed as a derivative, less rigorous science, especially in comparison to physics, and how that became reflected in the ...

A Call for a New Geoscience Education Research Agenda
E. B. Lewis
A lack of qualified teachers and low enrollment in geosciences has led to reduced geoscience literacy. This paper presents research questions, theories, and examples to explore how to remedy this ...


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