Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences
Quantitative skills are an essential tool for both the geoscientist and the citizen. Helping students master skills ranging from simple arithmetic or graphing, to sophisticated use of equations and models is an integral aspect of teaching geoscience at the undergraduate level.
This website provides information on the issues involved in teaching quantitative literacy, reasoning, and skills and methods for doing so as well as additional resources and a community of other faculty who are all attempting this challenging task.
- Issues and Discussion: An overview of issues and a starting point for discussion. What do we mean by quantitative skills? Which skills are important? This section also includes links to commentaries, a reference list of related articles, and a discussion list where you can discuss your challenges in teaching quantitative skills.
Teaching Methods: Examples and discussion of teaching methods currently used to teach quantitative skills in the geosciences.This graphic shows the relationship between topographic profile and slope to make the concept of the derivative clear. Image from the Computational Geology column in the Journal of Geoscience Education, n. 5.
Teaching Resources: Classroom resources focusing on quantitative skills in a geoscience context, including activities, course descriptions, internet resources, and resources for students to use directly.
Teaching Quantitative Skills in Particular Settings: The kind of class and campus setting can pose particular challenges and opportunities for teaching quantitative skills.
Tools and Datasets: Data sets and the tools for working with them can be a good way to engage students' interest with real-world questions.
Community: There is a growing community of people who are interested in improving students' quantitative skills. And that community is larger than just geosciencetists. Join that community and find out about activities going on in this larger arena.
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- Announcing the 2016 Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career
Are you in your first three years of a permanent academic position? Apply to join us for a multi-day workshop where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Date: July 24-28, 2016 with optional trip to NSF on July 29. Location: University of Maryland, College Park. Application deadline: March 16, 2016
- Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2016 Registration is Now Open
We are excited to announce that the meeting registration is now open and the topics for morning workshops and afternoon events are finalized. In addition to workshops, the Rendezvous will include oral and poster sessions, teaching demonstrations and a pre-workshop field trip. Join us in Madison this summer!