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The Effect of an Earth-Science Learning Program on Students' Scientific Thinking Skills part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Nir Orion, Yael Kali
This study published in the Journal of Geoscience Education explores junior high school students' understanding of the essential concepts involved in scientific thinking: observation, hypothesis and ...

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' Beliefs About the Role of Atoms in Radioactive Decay and Half-life part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Edward Prather
This article from the Journal of Geoscience Education addresses the common difficulties that students experience when trying to learn about radiation and radioactivity. By identifying inaccurate ...

Cognitive factors affecting student understanding of geological time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
J. Dodick, N. Orion

An Interactive Game Approach to Learning in Historical Geology and Paleontology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Robert L. Reuss, Anne F. Gardulski
This article describes a series of games to help students identify and answer questions about fossils. The game grows more complex over time as the instructors add rules and phyla to identify. The ...

Ice Time: Climate, Science and Life on Earth part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Thomas Levenson
This book deals with geologically recent climate change: the last ice age, the Little Ice Age (~1600-1800 AD), and current global warming. It describes the scientific methods used to analyze those ...

Learning Geologic Time in the Field part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Robert C. Thomas
This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education describes a method used to teach the concept of geologic time to introductory geology students using an inquiry-based approach. Students work in ...

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 ...

Structured Academic Controversy: A Peaceful Approach to Controversial Issues part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Claudia Khourey-Bowers
This article describes the use of structured academic controversy to teach evolution to pre-service science teachers. This pedagogic strategy is designed to engage students in controversy and then ...


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