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- Process of Science - As scientists and educators, we like to think that our teaching makes a difference. We hope that students walk out of our classrooms not only knowing more about the world than when they walked in, but that they are better prepared to tackle issues with a scientific basis that come up in their own lives. In other words, we expect our students to gain not only content knowledge from our courses (for example, what happens to pH when acids and bases are mixed in varying proportions), but process knowledge – how we know what we know. These pages will help you integrate the process of science into your teaching at all levels, using a variety of different techniques.
- Density, Isostasy, and Topography - In this activity, students develop an explanation for the bimodal topography of the earth through measuring densities of rocks and wood blocks, deriving the isostasy equation, and applying their knowledge to estimate crustal thicknesses. This activity can also be used in the context of teaching the process of science, which is detailed in the activity supplement.
- Exploring Undergraduate Research - Students attend a poster session where undergraduates are presenting their research. They are required to talk to four students; they submit the questions they asked and the responses they received, as well as their personal reflections on the nature of research in the Earth sciences.
- Seismicity and Types of Faults - In this activity, students use the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program website to analyze seismic data. Working in pairs, the students compare recent seismicity with historical trends and also make generalizations about what types of seismicity are found in conjunction with different types of faulting.
- Plate Tectonics Jigsaw - Students participate in a jigsaw activity to learn about types of plate boundaries, becoming an expert in one of five global datasets - earthquakes, volcanoes, seafloor age, topography, and gravity - and then sharing their expertise to build connections between the different datasets. Working together with real data, the students are able to determine characteristics of different types of plate boundaries. By working directly with real data, they develop a realistic and long-lasting conception of plate boundaries and the processes that occur along them.
- A Field-Based Exploratory Activity to Introduce Sedimentary Rocks - Students are introduced to sedimentary rocks through field observations and measurements of sediments in different environments. This allows them to proceed from processes to products and engages them through field work in the local area.
- Dynamic Earth - Dynamic Earth is an activity-based introductory course. The course focuses on the fundamentals of earth processes to help students begin to understand the geologic processes that influence the landscape around them, the kinds of ongoing research in the many sub-disciplines of the earth sciences, and the relationships between earth processes and current social issues.
- Research Preparation - This is a 1-unit, spring quarter course for undergraduate students who will be embarking on their first research experience over the summer with a faculty member and/or graduate student. The topics the students will be researching are diverse, so the course focuses on the process of research rather than the content. One of the main emphases is on becoming part of the research community.
Participant or Facilitator in the following SERC Workshops:
- Process of Science workshop 2009 (facilitator)
- Teaching Introductory Courses Follow-On Workshop at AGU 2008 (facilitator)
- Teaching Introductory Courses workshop 2008 (facilitator)
- SERC Collaborator's Meeting for the VisionLearning module. (participant)
- Recruiting Geoscience Majors -- Getting Involved Early Presentation - a video of Anne's presentation at the 2007 Building Strong Geoscience Departments meeting. (presenter at meeting)
Leech, M.L., Howell, D.G., Egger, A.E. 2004. A Guided Inquiry Approach to Learning the Geology of the U.S. Journal of Geoscience Education v. 52, p 368-373.