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BGeology 3D part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Laura Marie Leventhal, Dale S. Klopfer, Charles Onasch, Guy Zimmerman
This site from the Interdisciplinary Research in Geology, Computer Science, and Psychology at Bowling Green State University provides teaching tools for the geological sciences. The NSF-funded ...

The Hidden Earth: Visualization of Geologic Features and their Subsurface Geometry part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Michael D. Piburn, Stephen J. Reynolds, Debra E. Leedy, Carla M. McAuliffe, James P. Burk, Julia K. Johnson
This paper describes the development and testing of computer-based materials for improving understanding of topographic maps and geologic block diagrams and the associated visualization skills. The ...

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences: A cross-disciplinary look at the intersection of the two fields part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K.A. Kastens, T. Ishikawa
This paper discusses major tasks that professional geoscientists and geoscience learners tackle, with a focus on the spatial nature of the tasks and underlying cognitive processes. Specific tasks ...

Pictorial Aids for Learning by Doing in a Multimedia Geology Simulation Game part of SERC Print Resource Collection
R.E. Mayer, P. Mautone, W. Prothero
How can we help students learn to solve authentic geology problems within a virtual environment? This article describes the results of various scaffolding methods for students who were asked to ...

Spatial Metaphor in Temporal Reasoning part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Dedre Gentner
Abstract from this book chapter: We often talk about time in terms of space: of looking forward to a brighter tomorrow, of troubles that lie behind us, or of music that played all through the night. ...

Education for Spatial Thinking part of SERC Print Resource Collection
L. S. Liben
This chapter argues for the importance of spatial thinking and hence spatial education, particularly for the sciences. It reviews theoretical approaches to the development of spatial cognition, group ...

A Multi-Week Basin-Analysis Lab for Sedimentary Geology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
G.S. Soreghan, M.J. Soreghan

Using Mobile Mapping to Determine Rates of Meander Migration in an Undergraduate Geomorphology Course part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Kirsten Menking, Meg E. Stewart
Students in an undergraduate geomorphology course used tablet computers equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map the current ...

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