Teaching About Energy in Geoscience Courses: Current Research and Pedagogy

May 17-19, 2009 with optional field trip May 20
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

This workshop has already taken place. See the workshop program for links to presentations, posters, discussion outcomes and photos.
Energy has long been an important topic in geoscience departments. Recently the topic of energy has gained renewed importance and become increasingly diverse. Today's students need to be versed in matters as diverse as carbon sequestration, biofuels, peak oil theory, and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. Meanwhile, faculty need to keep pace with this rapidly changing field and sort out the highest priorities for our students.

This workshop is for undergraduate faculty who teach about energy and geoscience. It will bring together geoscience educators, research scientists, economists and policy experts to share their understanding about energy in the context of teaching and learning geoscience. The workshop will also showcase approaches for teaching about energy and provide a forum to develop new educational materials.

Workshop Conveners

  • Cathryn Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • James Myers, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming
  • Fred Loxsom, Environmental Earth Science Department, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

SER logo This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, and is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education . Additional sponsorship for this workshop is provided by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.

This workshop is one of the 2009 On the Cutting Edge Emerging Theme Workshops, which are designed to move critical ideas and concepts into the mainstream of geoscience education. This workshop was built upon prior workshops such as The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience, Teaching about the Early Earth and Urban Students, Urban Issues.

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