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An Investigation of Student Engagement in a Global Warming Debate part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Diane M. Schweizer, Gregory J. Kelly
This study investigates how using debate as a pedagogical tool for addressing earth system science concepts can promote active student learning, present a realistic and dynamic view of science, and ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Drawing Inferences, Complex Systems, Affective Domain:Teaching Controversial Topics

Multisensory Immersion as a Modeling Environment for Learning Complex Scientific Concepts part of SERC Print Resource Collection
C. Dede, M. Salzman, B. Loftin, D. Sprague
This article explores the strengths and limits for learning of various types of VR (virtual reality) modeling. Previous research shows that such immersive, multisensory experiences enhance students' ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Instructional Design:Use of Technology, Ways Of Learning

Groundwater Field Station for Geoscience Students part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Paul F. Hudak
This article from the Journal of Geography describes how to create a low-cost groundwater field station for a college hydrogeology course. The article discusses how students use the station to ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Ways Of Learning:Active/Kinesthetic/Experiential

Designing Coherent Science Education: Implications for Curriculum, Instruction, and Policy part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Yael Kali, Marcia C. Linn, Jo Ellen Roseman
Too often in today's science classes, students learn isolated facts but are unprepared to apply scientific thinking outside of checking off answers on standardized tests. Designing Coherent Science ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Instructional Design, Cognitive Domain:How information is organized

Causality in Complex Dynamic Systems: A Challenge in Earth Systems Science Education part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Federica Raia
This paper explores the concepts of causality necessary to understand complex system behavior and evolution and simple but important steps in teaching about complexity can support students in ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Cognitive Domain:How information is organized:Mental models

Earth and Mind: How Geologists Think and Learn about the Earth part of SERC Print Resource Collection
C.A. Manduca, D.W. Mogk
What does it mean to be a geoscientist? What characterizes the expertise that geoscientists bring to understanding the Earth? How do students develop this expertise? This volume brings together ...

Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Drawing Inferences, Spatial Intelligence, Assessment:Classroom Methods, Geoscience Expertise:Geologic Time, Cognitive Domain:Cognitive Development, Ways Of Learning:In the Field, Instructional Design

Spatial Ability and Earth Science Conceptual Understanding part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Alice A. (Jill) Black
Relatively little research has considered the relationship of spatial abilities with common misconceptions and broader conceptual difficulties in the Earth sciences. This article from the Journal of ...

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

Water Towers, Pump Houses, and Mountain Streams: Students' Ideas about Watersheds part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Daniel P. Shepardson, Jon Harbor, Bryan Wee
The watershed concept is important in many areas of geology and environmental science, and the purpose of this study was to investigate students' ideas about watersheds and how these ideas change ...

Research on Learning: Spatial Intelligence, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems


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