Western Washington University
Scott Linneman is Professor of Geology and Science Education at Western Washington University. His 'geology side' teaches Geomorphology, Earth Materials and Slope Stability classes and studies landslides in western Washington. His 'education side' teaches Earth Science and practicum classes for pre-service elementary teachers and studies how college students learn geoscience concepts.
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Exploring Geoscience Methods part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
This module gives pre-service secondary science teachers the opportunity to use and reflect on geoscientific thinking. The module begins with an exploration of how geoscience methods are similar to and different ...
Unit 1: How Do the Methods of Geoscience Compare with THE Scientific Method? part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
This activity introduces geoscientific thinking to a primarily non-geoscience audience. This is the introductory activity of a module designed for pre-service secondary science teachers in a secondary science ...
Unit 3: Discovering Curricular Resources and Teaching Interdisciplinary Lessons that Incorporate the Methods of Geoscience part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
This unit provides pre-service teachers in methods courses with resources for teaching geoscience content and utilizing the methods of geoscience. Pre-service teachers will prepare an annotated bibliography of ...
Activity 2.1: The Issue part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
Activity 2.1 motivates and engages students through the issue of climate change in a socioscientific context. This activity first assesses students' prior knowledge and then familiarizes students with a ...
Activity 2.2: Issue Investigation part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
During Activity 2.2, students download, organize, and analyze geoscience data sets of sea level trends, terrestrial ice sheet trends, and intensity of tropical cyclones as well as forecast models of atmospheric ...
Activity 2.3: Constructing the Argument part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
In Activity 2.3, students make an argument from evidence to address the problem: "To what extent should we build or rebuild coastal communities?" Students work as a team to complete a graphic organizer. ...
Unit 2: Climate Change, After the Storm part of Exploring Geoscience Methods
The goal of Unit 2 is for students to apply what they learned about the methods of geoscience to complete an authentic and data-rich, lab-based activity to address the following problem: "To what extent ...
Using Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Group exercise requires students to use topographic maps to try to answer three local geologic problems involving alluvial fans, alpine glaciers and coastal landscape.
Data, Accuracy and Precision part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This first lab exercise requires lower-division geomorph students to generate and compare three topographic data sets for a small feature on campus.
Observations and Measurements for Understanding Isostasy part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
In this cycle, students practice their observation and measuring skills as they develop a functional understanding of the concepts of density/buoyancy and how they apply to our understanding of Earth's topography.
Accuracy, Precision, and Topographic Data part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
This jigsaw style exercise challenges new geomorphology students to collect topographic data and analyze its accuracy and precision.
Geomorphology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Five-credit (quarter system), field-oriented course in geomorphology that emphasizes locally observable (and measurable) geomorphic processes: rivers, hillslopes, mass wasting, glaciers.
Western Washington University: Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This course is an inquiry-based survey of Earth Science designed to give a basic understanding of the energy transfers occurring in solid Earth and the processes by which they occur. The course has no lectures and ...
Should we teach how to cope with uncertainty and incomplete data? part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Should we teach how to cope with uncertainty and incomplete data? Scott Linneman, Geology, Western Washington University For many years I have introduced plate tectonic concepts to students using the Discovering ...