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Scientific Argumentation in Earth System Science Education part of SERC Web Resource CollectionDiane Schweizer Clayton, Catherine Gautier
We investigate the merit of including deliberate instruction on argumentation and debate in an undergraduate Earth system science course. We examine sample student evaluations of arguments ...
Systems Theory and Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection
Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery part of SERC Print Resource Collection
John Imbrie, Katherine Palmer Imbrie
This book describes how Milankovitch cycles work, that is, how slight variations in Earth's rotation and orbit cause ice ages. Over tens of thousands of years, changes in the eccentricity of Earth's ...
Fossils: the Key to the Past part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book is targeted to the general public and explains geologic time, rocks, and fossils (both in terms of the organisms that made them and how they formed). It also discusses evolution, ...
On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book reviews modern survivors of lineages greatly reduced by mass extinctions and discusses why those lineages got hit so much harder than others. Examples include the chambered nautilus, ...
Evolution and Ecology: The Pace of Life part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book deals with punctuated-equilibrium evolutionary mechanisms during the Quaternary. The author argues that frequent (on a scale of tens of thousands of years) ice ages and related climate ...
Creationism's geologic time scale part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Donald U. Wise
This is a detailed description and debunking of the entire Flood-Creation timeline supported by most Creation Scientists. The Flood-Creation timeline begins 6,000 years ago with the creation of the ...
Modeling Nature's Emergent Patterns with Multi-Agent Languages part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper asserts that the inclusion of complex systems perspectives in school curricula would help students see connections between various knowledge domains. More specifically, learners using ...
Thinking in Levels: A Dynamic Systems Perspective to Making Sense of the World. part of SERC Print Resource Collection
U. Wilensky, and M. Resnick
This paper advocates for an expanded role for the concept of emergent levels in science education, an approach that encourages students to view math and science as a system or network of emerging ...
The Role of Scaffolding Student Metacognition in Developing Mental Models of Complex Earth and Environmental Systems part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Bruce E. Herbert
Students organize knowledge in Earth and environmental sciences and reason about environmental issues through manipulation of mental models. The nature of the Earth and environmental sciences, which ...