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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 ...
A Preliminary Study of Students' Asking Quantitative Scientific Questions for Inquiry-Based Climate Model Experiments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Catherine Gautier, R. Solomon
This study, published in the Journal of Geoscience Education, features a cognitive apprenticeship method that was used to promote conceptual learning in a climate science course. Students conducted ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Effects of Different learning Tasks on Model-building in Plate Tectonics: Diagramming Versus Explaining part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Janice D. Gobert
Based on previous work in students' conceptions in geology, this article from the Journal of Geoscience Education features three studies of students' conceptions and cognition in plate tectonics. ...
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 ...
Students' Conceptions of Scale Regarding Groundwater part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Daniel Dickerson, Timothy J. Callahan, Meta Van Sickle, Genny Hay
Exploring the Social, Moral, and Temporal Qualities of Pre-Service Teachers' Narratives of Evolution part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Deirdre Hahn, Sarah K Brem, Steven Semken
This study, published in the Journal of Geoscience Education, presents the idea that addressing personal barriers and misunderstandings that might impede geoscience education may become an effective ...
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 ...