Geology and Astronomy
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Using Cooperative Learning to Teach Mineralogy (and Other Courses Too!) part of Cutting Edge:Mineralogy:Activities
This chapter is concerned primarily with how the content of a mineralogy course can be organized so that the students are more active and conscientious learners. This chapter is divided into three sections: Section I briefly describes the fundamentals of cooperative learning: why it's important and what is essential. Section II describes a variety of cooperative learning structures and their uses. Section III provides more detailed descriptions of cooperative learning activities specifically for a mineralogy class.
Lifelines and "Earth lines" part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Activities
This activity can be used as a first lab for an introductory-level geoscience course. It is a cooperative ice-breaker gets students to know one another and opens discussion for geologic time and earth history.
Lab using Volcano Scenarios: Hazard Maps and Communicating Risk part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities
This is a lab activity in which small groups of students work with maps, rocks, photographs of volcanic deposits, and textual data to construct a hazard map and a risk communication plan for a specific volcano. Each group is assigned a "volcano scenario," which is based on real volcanoes.
Using Field Observations and Field Experiences to Teach GeoscienceAn Illustrated Community Discussion part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Field Experiences:Posters
Non-majors (Lutz): students collect & analyze data from campus field trips in intro geology labs. Majors (Srogi): students plan & implement research involving field site.
Meaningful, Informative, Simple: The Elusive Goals of Program Assessment at West Chester University of PA part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments:Workshops:Assessing Geoscience Programs:Participant Essays
LeeAnn Srogi, Department of Geology and Astronomy, West Chester University of PA We began the struggle to assess our geoscience programs back in the 1990's. Our department offers a B.S. degree in geoscience ...
LeeAnn Srogi part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Department of Geology and Astronomy, West Chester University Homepage What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the workshop? What ...