Jeff Thomas

Physics and Earth Science

Central Connecticut State University

Jeff Thomas is an assistant professor of science and science education at Central Connecticut State University. He teaches secondary science methods, earth science and physical science for elementary majors, meteorology, and various graduate courses for in-service science teachers. Previously, Jeff was a secondary earth science teacher for twelve years and he was also a broadcast meteorologist for four years. His research interests are related to inquiry, curriculum development, geoscience education.

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Unit 1: How Do the Methods of Geoscience Compare with THE Scientific Method? part of Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students
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 ...

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Unit 3: Discovering Curricular Resources and Teaching Interdisciplinary Lessons that Incorporate the Methods of Geoscience part of Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students
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 ...

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Unit 2: Climate Change, After the Storm part of Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students
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 ...

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Activity 2.1: The Issue part of Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students
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 ...

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Activity 2.2: Issue Investigation part of Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students
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 ...

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Activity 2.3: Constructing the Argument part of Exploring Geoscience Methods with Secondary Education Students
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. ...

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Reasons for the Seasons part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
The inquiry method and meteorological and astronomical online data can be used to elicit the inconsistencies of students' naïve ideas about the "real" reasons for the seasons. The first phase of this two-part investigation uses online meteorological data to identify factors that might explain differences of seasonal temperatures among cities These factors are used to hypothesize why differences of seasonal temperatures occur among cities. During the second phase, the variables and hypotheses that were previously identified in part one are used to design and conduct an inquiry-oriented investigation. Astronomical data is used as part of the investigation to "test" students' hypotheses conclusions are drawn then communicated.

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History and Nature of Science part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
This course examines the development of science, mathematics, and technology in order to understand our natural world. Specifically, this course focuses on the nature of scientific knowledge that is created through ...

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The development of my understanding of the methods of earth science part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
The development of my understanding of the methods of earth science Jeff Thomas, Physics and Earth Science, Central Connecticut State University My first job after college was working for a small, private weather ...

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