Class Research Project: Visualizing Large-Scale Earth Processes and Abstract Concepts
This activity has benefited from input from a review and suggestion process as a part of an activity development workshop.
This activity has benefited from input from faculty educators beyond the author through a review and suggestion process as a part of an activity development workshop. Workshop participants were provided with a set of criteria against which they evaluated each others' activities. For information about the criteria used for this review, see http://serc.carleton.edu/teacherprep/workshops/workshop07/activityreview.html.
This page first made public: May 2, 2007
- Conceptualize and develop at least one simple apparatus or model which will accurately model an abstract or large-scale Earth process.
- Further refine the apparatus to ensure that it is safe, easy to use, inexpensive, and constructed from materials that are readily available.
- Disseminate information regarding the developed apparatus to in-service teachers
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Context for Use
Teaching Notes and Tips
Pre-service teachers are introduced to the notion that many processes and concepts in Earth Science are either at a scale that is too large for students to grasp or are rather abstract and thus hard to grasp. They then choose a topic from the Assignment Handout and conduct original research to either develop an new model or improve an existing model. Successful projects have been shared in professional development workshops for in-service teachers.
Assignment Handout (Microsoft Word 32kB Apr13 07)
References and Resources
See these two websites for examples of past projects:
Gilbert, S.W. and Ireton, S.W., 2003, Understanding Models in Earth and Space Science: National Science Teachers Association Press, 124p.
Ebert, J. R., Elliott, N.A., Hurteau, L.J., and Schulz, A.E., 2004, Modeling Convection: The Science Teacher, v. 71, n. 7, p. 48-50.
Ebert, J. R., 2006, Undergraduate Contributions to Professional Development in Earth and Space Science Education and the Mutual Benefits of Commingled Pre-service/In-service Programs: Geo. Soc. Am. Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, n. 7, p. 252.
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Resource Type: Activities:Project
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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