Teach the Earth > Structural Geology > Teaching Structural Geology

June 26-July 2, 2004
Smith College, Northampton, MA

Application deadline: January 15, 2004.

NOTE: This workshop occurred in 2004, and produced a
diverse collection of resources.

This workshop was an exciting collaborative effort focused on enhancing the teaching of structural geology at the undergraduate level. This workshop brought together college and university faculty who teach structural geology to explore a wide variety of topics related to teaching structural geology effectively in the classroom, lab, and field. Participants shared exemplary laboratory and classroom activities, discussed course content and curriculum, explored field trips as a catalyst for integrating field and in-class material, and addressed issues in teaching and learning structural geology concepts and processes.

This workshop was patterned after the very successful workshops on Teaching Mineralogy (1996) and Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century (On the Cutting Edge, 2003). Participants helped to develop an on-line Structural Geology Teaching Materials Collection similar to the Petrology Teaching Materials Collection. Instructional materials developed at the workshop will be reviewed, evaluated, and field-tested in classrooms by workshop participants.


  • Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College)
  • Robert Burger (Smith College)
  • Jan Tullis (Brown University)
  • Michael Williams (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

This workshop was part of the program On the Cutting Edge: Workshops for Geoscience Faculty, supported by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and DLESE with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation-Division of Undergraduate Education.

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