The significance of geologic time: Cultural, educational, and economic frameworks
C. Cervato 2012 in Kastens, K.A., and Manduca, C.A., eds., Earth and Mind II: A Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences: Geological Society of America Special Paper 486 p. 19-27
This paper addresses students' understanding of and motivation to learn about geologic time. The authors summarize the literature about common student difficulties and misconceptions concerning geologic time and suggest the cultural and social issues that may result in these difficulties. They offer suggestions for how to overcome these difficulties to increase students' motivation.