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Scientific Argumentation in Earth System Science Education part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Diane 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 ...
Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Cognitive Domain, Affective Domain:Teaching Controversial Topics

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 ...

Research on Learning: Instructional Design:Use of Technology, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Instructional Design:Scaffolding, Cognitive Domain:Metacognition, How information is organized:Mental models

Climate Change: Confronting Student Ideas part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Diane Ebert-May, Jan Hodder, Kathy Williams, Doug Luckie
This journal article from Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment discusses student-centered, inquiry-based instructional strategies and learning goals for helping students learn about climate ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning, Geoscience Expertise:Drawing Inferences, Complex Systems

Inquiry learning through students' East-West Coast online collaboration about plate tectonics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
J. Gobert
This paper describes a collaborative online project about plate tectonic activity involving middle and high school students in California and Massachusetts. The students collaborated online using ...

Research on Learning: Instructional Design:Inquiry-Based Learning, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Instructional Design:Use of Technology, Cognitive Domain:How information is organized:Mental models

A Study of Junior High Students' Perceptions of the Water Cycle part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Orit Ben-zvi-Assarf, Nir Orion
This study explored junior high school students' perceptions of the water cycle. The findings indicated that the students understand various hydro-bio-geological processes, but most of them lack ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

The Effect of an Earth-Science Learning Program on Students' Scientific Thinking Skills part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Nir Orion, Yael Kali
This study published in the Journal of Geoscience Education explores junior high school students' understanding of the essential concepts involved in scientific thinking: observation, hypothesis and ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:Metacognition, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Geologic Time

The Development of Student Conceptions of the Earth-Sun Relationship in an Inquiry-Based Curriculum part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Christina Salierno, Edelson Daniel, Bruce Sherin
This case study published in the Journal of Geoscience Education features an in-depth investigation of three fifth-grade students throughout their participation in a curriculum on Earth surface ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

How Students Think: Implications for Learning in Introductory Geoscience Courses part of SERC Print Resource Collection
David A. McConnell, David N. Steer, Katharine D. Owens, Catharine C. Knight
This study, published in the Journal of Geoscience Education, discusses the way that students in introductory geology courses think and how this can influence what they learn. Non-major students in ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

Visual Abilities and Misconceptions About Plate Tectonics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Duncan F. Sibley
This study, published in the Journal of Geoscience Education, discusses the way that students' drawings of their concept of convergent plate boundaries provided an efficient means of discovering some ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning

Challenging Students Ideas About Earth's Interior Structure Using a Model-based, Conceptual Change Approach in a Large Class Setting part of SERC Print Resource Collection
David N. Steer, Catharine C. Knight, Katharine D. Owens, David A. McConnell
This article from the Journal of Geoscience Education discusses the difficulties and importance of grasping the concept of plate tectonics for entry level students. Research has shown that many ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

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