Workshop readings are available to participants on the Participant Workspace (private)

Reading Prior to the Workshop

Place-Based Education in Geoscience: Theory, Research, Practice, and Assessment Participant Workspace

First Day: Thursday

After each brief presentation, there will be opportunities for Q & A.

08:30 Introductions: Tell us all your name, and the place that you identify most with.

08:45 Presentation: Brief introduction to the concepts of place and sense of place, and their relevance to geoscience.

Place Cultural Context Geoscience Teaching Day 1 slides (Acrobat (PDF) 8.8MB Jul19 17)

09:00 Activity: Concept sketching—Senses of the places where we teach.

Each participant will depict a place or region where and by which they teach geoscience, with the objective of evoking a rich sense of that place or region. These concept sketches can be photographed and posted to the group workspace.

09:30 Presentation: Discussion of the essential characteristics of place-based geoscience education, with practical examples of each.

10:00 Break

10:10 Activity: Teaching and assessing in place-based ways.

Participants will practice applying one or more of the principles of place-based geoscience education to one of their own courses, activities, assessments, or scholarship, and prepare brief demonstrations or summaries that can be posted to the group workspace.

11:00 Group discussion.

11:25 Final words for the day: Implications of place-based teaching for equity, diversity, and sustainability.

Thursday Road Check (closed)

11:30 Adjourn for the day

Additional Resources Participant Workspace

Sense of Place and Place-Based Introductory Geoscience Teaching for American Indian and Alaska Native Undergraduates

Sense of Place in the Practice and Assessment of Place-Based Science Teaching

Teaching Geoscience in the Context of Culture and Place: Themed issues of the Journal of Geoscience Education: February 2014 and May 2014

Readings Prior to Second Day

Participant Workspace

Dimensions of Diversity (Ibarra course notes)

Beyond Affirmative Action, Chapter 3 (Ibarra, 2001) at minimum, p. 64 to the end

Second Day: Friday

08:30 Regroup and recap: Where have we come?

08:45 Activity: Worksheet.

Please turn in this worksheet with your name on it (all responses will be held confidentially).

Multicontext One-Page Worksheet

09:15 Presentation: Context Framework theory: History and concepts.

Place Cultural Context Geoscience Teaching Day 2 slides (Acrobat (PDF) 3.4MB Jul20 17)

Unique Features of Context Diversity

Background on Multicontext Theory (terms, concepts)

Additional Background on Multicontext Theory

Experiential Learning and Multicontext Model

Aspects of U.S. Mainstream Culture (Acrobat (PDF) 742kB Jul13 17)

10:00 Break

10:15 Activity: Gallery walk—Using the Context Diversity Matrix to unpack place-based teaching examples from Day 1 (or from your own teaching or research experience).

Context Diversity Matrix (Acrobat (PDF) 1.6MB Jun29 17)

11:15 Final words for the day: Implications of context diversity and place-based teaching for equity, diversity, and sustainability.

Resources from this conversation:

Understanding Science ( This site may be offline. ) from UC Berkeley.

Work of Edward Tufte

11:25 Workshop evaluation

11:30 Adjourn