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Box Diagrams to Assess Students' Systems Thinking about the Rock, Water and Carbon Cycles part of SERC Print Resource Collection
D.F. Sibley, C.W. Anderson, M. Heidemann, J.E. Merrill, J.M. Parker, D.W. Szymanski
Box-diagrams of reservoirs and processes that describe the rock, water and carbon cycles were used in a general education course as instructional and assessment tools. Students overall success at ...

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

Supporting Student Conceptual Model Development of Complex Earth Systems Through the Use of Multiple Representations and Inquiry part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Karen S. Sell, Bruce E. Herber, Carol L. Stuessy, Janie Schielack
Students organize scientific knowledge and reason about issues in the Earth sciences by manipulating internally-constructed mental models and socially constructed, expressed, conceptual models. The ...

Research on Learning: Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Cognitive Domain:How information is organized:Mental models

Water Transformation and Storage in the Mountains and at the Coast: Midwest students' disconnected conceptions of the hydrologic cycle part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Daniel P. Shepardson, Bryan Wee, Michelle Priddy, Lauren Schellenberger, Jon Harbor
The purpose of the present study was to investigate students' conceptions of the hydrologic cycle and to examine whether these conceptions vary by grade level and community setting. This study was ...

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

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

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

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