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First-Year Students 'Go Beyond' with Integrative Inquiry into Abrupt Change part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Tricia Ferrett
In a first-year seminar on abrupt change in climate and human networks, the author analyzed student writing for integrative science learning that 'goes beyond'. Her research maps what students gain ...

Once in a Million Years: Teaching Geologic Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Susan E. Lewis, Kristen A. Lampe, Andrew J. Lloyd
Helping students understand the magnitude of geologic time: * strengthens student understanding of biological concepts * illustrates not just when things happened but also how they are interconnected ...

Regional geology as a unifying theme and a springboard to Deep Time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
M. G. Miller
Miller (2001) teaches Earth History within regional contexts in his course 'The Geology of National Parks'. He emphasizes the geological relations of the strata, principles like superposition, and ...

What is Deep Time and why should anyone care? part of SERC Print Resource Collection
E-An Zen
Zen (2001) recommends a field approach because it invites student inquiry into stratigraphy, sequence, and time. He takes his students on trips to complicated sites at which a sequence of events have ...

A new interactive class and lab for undergraduate non-geology majors on Earth, climate, and life through time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
T. Bralower, D. Whitney, I. Kogan, D. Campbell
Earth, Climate, and Life through Time is an Earth history course with a lab. Earth history is taught three times: first emphasizing the solid Earth and plate tectonics, again emphasizing the ...

Geological reasoning: Geology as an interpretive and historical science part of SERC Print Resource Collection
R. Frodeman
Geology is not simply a derivative of physics and chemistry. It is an interpretive and historical science. It has its own set of methodologies, such as stratigraphy, which help students develop a ...

Evolution and the Fossil Record part of SERC Print Resource Collection
John Pojeta, Dale A. Springer
This publication of the American Geological Institute is a non-technical introduction to evolution and aims to help the general public gain a better understanding of some of the fundamental ...

Combining a historical geology project with a campus student organization's fundraising efforts part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Laura Guertin, Catherine Nguyen
This project has students model the geologic timescale using distance as a metaphor for time. Each student writes a summary of a major event or fossil organism. The students would station themselves ...

Geology as an historical science: Its perception within science and the education system part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Jeff Dodick, Nir Orion
This article discusses the history of the relationship between geology and physics. For a long time, geologists have sought to emulate the perspective and methodology of physics, while neglecting its ...

Measuring student understanding of geological time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Jeff Dodick, Nir Orion
This paper includes a copy and an assessment of the GeoTAT, a test of students' aptitude to understand geologic time, particularly their ability to work out stratigraphic relationships and to make ...

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