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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

Systems Theory and Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection

From the website: 'This site is for teachers, students, and anyone else who would like a very brief, general introduction to systems thinking and systems modeling. It was written primarily as a ...
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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

Design, Implementation, and Assessment of an Earth Systems Science Course for Secondary Teachers part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Jeffrey C. Owen, Stephen A. Norton, Maasch Kirk, Michael Wittmann
This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education provides information about a course offered at the University of Maine's Department of Earth Sciences for secondary science teachers. This course ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

The Relationship between Students' Epistemologies and Model-Based Reasoning part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Janice Gobert, Jennifer Discenna
This paper by Janice Gobert and Jennifer Discenna was presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, IL. The investigation considers the ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

Students' Understanding of Complex Dynamic Systems part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Federica Raia
This study from the Journal of Geoscience Education looks at students' approach to complex dynamic systems and the mental models they use to construct knowledge. Results show that students tend to ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems

Journal of Geoscience Education special issue on Student Thinking about the Earth part of SERC Print Resource Collection
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
The papers included in this volume represent a significant contribution to the literature on student conceptions, cognition, and conceptual change specifically related to the geosciences. A wide ...

Research on Learning: Instructional Design:Interdisciplinary Education, Geoscience Expertise: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

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