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Faculty Accounts of Teaching Geoscientific Thinking

These personal accounts were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Teaching Methods of Geoscience workshop in June 2012. Participants were asked to describe their insights into teaching the methods of geoscience based on their experience teaching the methods, research on teaching, or their geoscience research.


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What should all citizens know about geoscience?
Basil Tikoff, UW Madison
What should all citizens know about geoscience? Basil Tikoff, Geoscience, Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison The problem I'll just put it out there: The way we teach science at the introductory level is ...

Teaching geoscience methods to pre-service elementary teachers
Kyle Gray, University of Northern Iowa
Teaching geoscience methods to pre-service elementary teachers Kyle Gray, Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa For the past three years, I have been teaching at the University of Northern Iowa a ...

Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors?
Kaatje Kraft, Mesa Community College
Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors? Kaatje Kraft, Physical Science, Mesa Community College In a recent homework assignment a student submitted about the nature of geoscience, he cited a webpage that ...

My metaphoric earth science life story
Catherine Lange, Buffalo State College
My metaphoric earth science life story Catherine Lange, Earth Sciences and Science Education, Buffalo State College My roots are deeply embedded in the bedrock of my early life as an urban high school earth ...

A metacognitive approach to teaching geologic reasoning
Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix
A metacognitive approach to teaching geologic reasoning Stephen J Reynolds and Julia K Johnson, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus Solving geologic problems ...

My personal journey into the methods of geoscience
Jennifer Anderson, Winona State University
My personal journey into the methods of geoscience Jennifer L. B. Anderson, Geoscience, Winona State University It has been so interesting to plan for this workshop because over the last year I've really ...

Geoscience odd-(wo)man out
Holly Godsey, University of Utah
Geoscience odd-(wo)man out Holly Godsey, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah My experiences in teaching to date have been anything but traditional. They include a couple of TA positions, field camp for ...

Want better-prepared students? Teach teachers to think like geoscientists
Amy Ellwein, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Want better-prepared students? Teach teachers to think like geoscientists Amy Ellwein, Geology Program, Western State College of Colorado Among other courses, I teach inquiry-based, integrated lab-lecture science ...

Differences in the methodology and justification of the field sciences and the classical experimental sciences
Carol Cleland, University of Colorado at Boulder
Differences in the methodology and justification of the field sciences and the classical experimental sciences Carol Cleland, Department of Philosophy, Center for Astrobiology, University of Colorado at Boulder ...

Curiosity based learning and self-education
Paulo Hidalgo, Georgia State University
Curiosity based learning and self-education Paulo J. Hidalgo, Geosciences, Georgia State University I have always admired educators who were able to transform my lack of enthusiasm towards a subject into that of ...


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