Teaching Mineralogy from the Core to the Crust
Barbara L. Dutrow January 2004 Journal of Geoscience Education vol 52 number 1, p 81-86
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses revising the typical sequence of a mineralogy course in order to enhance retention of information and facilitate learning. Beginning with the Earth's core, simple native elements are introduced followed by minerals with increasing complexity as the course moves outward to the Earth's crust. Key theoretical concepts are interwoven into discussions of various portions of the Earth. This flexible framework allows individual courses to be tailored to the needs of the department while maintaining geological relevance. Examples of lab exercises are also included, as well as a discussion of both benefits and drawbacks of this method.