Earth & Space Systems - Field Examination
Return to Earth & Space Systems: Role in the Program.
This course concludes with an integrative assessment in the form of a practical field examination. Students are taken to a previously undisclosed location demonstrating geologic features characteristic of the field trips conducted earlier in the semester. The pre-service teachers are asked targeted questions testing their ability to:
- Identify Earth Materials
- Indicate Methods of Formation
- Suggest Methods of Subsequent Alteration
- Indicate Approximate Age & Environment in which Materials Formed
- Suggest Source Areas for Glacial Materials
- Determine the Relative Sequence of Events Visible at the Site
- Create Stratigraphic Reconstructions at Different Time Periods
- Correctly Identify the True Cause of Misleading Observations Relating to a Geologic Test (False Positive for Acid Test on Sandstone caused by Secondary Stream Deposit of Calcite)
- Identify Geologic Processes Acting Today
- Predict Future Evolution of the Site
The examination provides students a quality summary of the geologic concepts they should master and strive to impart to their students as appropriate to their respective grade levels.