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Introducing a new representation of the process of science
This set of warm-up activities uses the example of investigating the dinosaur extinction to introduce fundamental concepts regarding the nature and process of science--especially, debunking the myth of THE Scientific Method.

Scientific logic: An application to meteorological observations
A sample question/problem in which students are asked to apply the logic of scientific evidence to statements about weather patterns, based on observations on a typical surface weather map.

Unraveling Geological History: Glaciers and Faults at Discovery Park, Seattle
This introductory geology field exercise asks students to make individual observations about parts of an outcrop, then combine their observations in larger teams to interpret the overall geological history of the exposure. Content learning includes stratigraphy, faulting, and local geologic history; process learning includes data gathering and recording, hypothesis formation, and outlining helpful evidence that could be gathered in the future.

Coordinated Science
A survey course for ninth grade students. The course provides an introduction to specific topics in Biology/Ecology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics

Density, Isostasy, and Topography
Anne Egger, Stanford University The original activity Density, Isostasy, and Topography already exists within the SERC website. This page describes how this activity can be used to teach about the process of ...

Introduction to Physical Geology
This course is an introduction to geoscience; the study of how the Earth works. Humans around the world are impacted every day by geologic phenomena, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and also by access to natural resources such as oil, metals, and water. I hope that students will develop a new appreciation of the natural world, an understanding of the physical processes that have gone into making the Earth as we know it, and an awareness of how Montana fits into the global picture. We will also delve into the nature of science: what is science?; what is the process of science involve?; what defines "good" science? This knowledge will help students make informed decisions about issues that affect humankind.

Evolution of Western North America
This course is designed to provide future geoscientists with a basic understanding of how geological processes have shaped the structure and evolution of the western North American continent. The study of the ...

Investigating Earth
In this introduction to physical geology course, we explore rocks exposed near campus, and do our best to interpret the processes that formed them.

Science in My Backyard
In this lab report writing assignment, students will use the scientific method to solve a real life problem from their own lives. Students use the scientific method to record observations, develop a hypothesis, and set up their experimental design, which they then actually carry out. This approach allows students to practice using the process of science without the intimidation of scientific terms and concepts.

Research Experiences in a Mineralogy Class
Dave Mogk, Montana State University Summary One of the goals of my Mineralogy class is to demonstrate how the principles and content covered in class can be applied to questions of geologic interest or that have ...




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