Theme: Geoscience Education Research

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Geoscience Education Research.

Geoscience Education Research Grand Challenges and Strategies Workshop WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Kristen St. John, James Madison University
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York

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The workshop aims to bring together ~40 education researchers from all sub-disciplines in the geosciences (e.g., Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, Environmental Sciences) and strongly encourages applications from faculty ...
PaleoCon: An authentic undergraduate research experience exploring climate change and human-driven extinctions in a large gen-ed geoscience course ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Alison Olcott Marshall, University of Kansas Main Campus

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At the University of Kansas, all undergraduate students are required to take a natural science course regardless of their major. Given that this class is often the only college-level science class a student will ...
Bridging the Research to Practice Gap AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom C

Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ

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Researchers are currently developing new knowledge about how students think and learn, evaluating the effectiveness of instructional strategies, and studying many other topics that can strengthen our teaching. But ...
Broadening Participation of Minorities in the Geoscience Workforce in the Absence of a Geoscience Department ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Janet Liou-Mark, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Reggie Blake, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Hamidreza Norouzi, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Viviana Vladutescu, CUNY City College
Laura Yuen-Lau, CUNY New York City College of Technology

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Although the shortfall in the geoscience workforce through 2024 has been reduced from 135,00 to about 90,000, and although there has been increasing enrollment and graduation trends from geoscience programs ...
Water in Society: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Teaching and Learning about Water ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Destini Petitt, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Nicholas Brozovic, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Trenton Franz, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Societies today face an array of water-related challenges within the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). To prepare students to become tomorrow's global citizens, postsecondary learning experiences must ...
Effectiveness of incorporating active-learning techniques into a large introductory geology class ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Hannah Aird, California State University-Chico
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico

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The CSU, Chico introductory geology general education class (GEOS 101) was redesigned in fall 2016 to infuse active learning into all class periods of two sections of 65 and 140 students. The redesign included use ...
The impact of course-wide adoption of InTeGrate teaching materials on the instructional beliefs and practices of geoscience instructors ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Charles Czajka, North Carolina State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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A primary goal of the InTeGrate project is to create student-centered teaching curricula that will improve the geoscience literacy of undergraduate students by teaching the geosciences in the context of societal ...
Enhancing the Geoscience Pedagogical Landscape: An Integrative Strategic Approach to Heighten Student Learning ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Melanie Will Cole, Central New Mexico Community College

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The fundamental goal of college-level science educators is to enhance student learning while at the same time develop & foster the learner's skills in critical thinking, inquiry and creativity. Considering ...
How Does Group Inquiry Work with an Authentic Scientific Instrument Alter Climate Science Learning ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Drew Bush, McGill University
Renee Sieber, McGill University
Gale Seiler, Iowa State University
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Myriad science education technologies have been developed to allow students to visualize, model or interact with otherwise abstract, global Earth system processes. Still others have utilized digital ...
GER Forum
Monday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom C

Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York
Kristen St. John, James Madison University

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Help to shape the emerging field of Geoscience Education Research! Geoscience educators, bring your classroom, lab and field teaching experiences to the table for an informal discussion of: Has there been a ...
Research Challenges in Geoscience Education Research ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Student Union: Acoma A and B

Heather Petcovic, Western Michigan University

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This discussion will explore issues in geoscience education research such as finding collaborators, starting projects, securing funding, publishing your work, and defining and sustaining your research agenda. Come ...
Transforming Earth Education - A Look Backward and Forward PLENARY TALK
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom C

Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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It has been 20 years since the publication of Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science Education, calling for an integrated approach to learning about the Earth system aimed at creating a scientifically ...
Conceptual Frameworks of Earth Systems: A Synthesis of Literature Addressing Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 340

Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Lauren Holder, Texas A & M University
Bruce Herbert, Texas A & M University

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The importance of an earth systems approach to education has been well documented for K-12 science education, geoscience literacy, and geoscience workforce expertise. Inherent in this approach is the idea of ...
Comparing Social Comparisons in Geoscience Courses ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University
Andrew R. Sparks, Grand Valley State University

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Students commonly compare their performance on an assignment or in a class to that of their peers. Our goal in this descriptive pilot study is to explore how this tendency towards making comparisons—defined as ...
Education in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus: A Transdisciplinary Community ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ

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Institutions of higher education must take a leading role in preparing all global citizens for the food, energy, and water (FEW) challenges of today and tomorrow. The Food-Energy-Water Nexus concept has emerged as ...
Examining Emotion and Academic Anxiety Through Students' own Voices ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Michael Pelch, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Scott Freeman, University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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We sought to investigate how students' academic anxiety and emotions influence their university experience. Few studies have explored the connection between emotion and academic anxiety. Previous studies have ...
Reformed teaching in geoscience classrooms: How engaged are our students and what can we do to engage them more? ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Julie Bartley, Gustavus Adolphus College
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Dori Farthing, SUNY College at Geneseo
David McConnell, North Carolina State University
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Monica Bruckner, Carleton College
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College

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A team of trained observers made direct observations of 204 unique geoscience classes across the US using the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP). Observed classes were taught by faculty of diverse ...
Using Research Instrumentation as a Teaching Tool in Geosciences Through Remote and On-site Operation ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Christopher Vidito, Florida International University
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Florida International University
Dr. James MacDonald, Florida Gulf Coast University
Mary Beck, Valencia Community College
Dr. Sven Holbik, Valencia Community College

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Remotely operated research instrumentation as a pedagogical tool in geosciences is the focus of this study. The goals of this intervention are to engage students in scientific inquiry and to further their ...
Writing in Geology to Reduce Math Anxiety ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Victor Ricchezza, University of South Florida
Len Vacher, University of South Florida

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Students in GLY 4866: Computational Geology at the University of South Florida learn to solve mathematical problems in a geologic context. Quantitative literacy – a fundamental set of skills and habits of mind ...
COPUS findings may help explain low diversity in geoscience majors ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Jennifer Engels, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Daniela Bottjer-Wilson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kathleen Kane, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Barbara Bruno, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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STEM education research strongly indicates that students learn more and have lower failure rates in active learning classrooms when compared to traditional lecture-only classrooms. This is even more pronounced for ...
Understanding Student Engagement while Using an Augmented Reality Sandbox ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Rachel Atkins, North Carolina State University
Lindsay Maudlin, North Carolina State University

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Augmented reality (AR) sandboxes are becoming more and more prevalent in undergraduate geology lab settings. This tool is useful in helping students develop a three dimensional understanding of topographic maps ...
Collaborative testing in undergraduate oceanography and geology classes ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Barbara Bruno, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Jennifer Engels, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Garrett Ito, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Henrietta Dulai, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Glenn Carter, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Chip Fletcher, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Daniela Bottjer-Wilson, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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As part of a school-wide course transformation project at the University of Hawaii to improve student learning and retention, multiple geology and oceanography instructors are introducing two-stage exams (Gilley ...
Comparing Textbook Chapters and Adaptive Learning Lessons: Assessing Student Learning Motivation in the Earth Sciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

E. Christa Farmer, Hofstra University
Adam Halpern, Hofstra University
Amy Catalano, Hofstra University

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Do differences exist in how students feel about their learning experiences using an adaptive learning platform versus a traditional textbook? There is a gap in the literature comparing learning motivation between ...
Mixed-methods research on student geoscience learning at Grand Canyon by complementary in-situ and virtual modalities POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Thomas Ruberto, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Chris Mead, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Geoffrey Bruce, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Sanlyn Buxner, The University of Arizona
Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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Not all students enjoy equal access to field-based geoscience learning, even as ever more immersive, rich, and student-centered virtual field experiences become more widely available. No virtual modalities yet ...
Geoscience Videos and their Role in Supporting Student Learning POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jennifer Wiggen, North Carolina State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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A series of geoscience videos were created to support student learning in Introductory Physical Geology classes at North Carolina State University. Videos are typically 5-7 minutes long and made using a stylus, ...
Employing effective strategies to improve undergraduate education in Environmental Sciences through curriculum revision at a Hispanic Serving Institution POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lixin Jin, University of Texas at El Paso
Vanessa L. Lougheed, University of Texas at El Paso
Elizabeth Walsh, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso
Lina Hamdan, University of Texas at El Paso
Maryam Zarei, University of Texas at El Paso
Guadalupe Corral, University of Texas at El Paso

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The TIERA (Training in Environmental Research and Academic Success) program was created to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Environmental Science majors at the University of Texas at El ...
Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems: A Model to Guide Development of Student Expertise in Problem Solving POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lauren Holder, Texas A & M University
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Bruce Herbert, Texas A & M University

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Engaging students in authentic problem solving concerning environmental issues in near surface complex earth systems involves both developing student conceptualization of the earth as a system and applying that ...
"The World in a River" : Redesigning An Earth Science Course for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers and Researching Its Impact on Learner Knowledge and Perspectives POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware's "World in a River" project, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to redesign the way teaching and learning occurs in an entry level Earth ...
Supporting K-12 Teachers' Instruction about Water using Scientific Modeling: A View Across Programs POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Tina Vo, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Scientific modeling is a core practice used extensively in the geosciences to explain concepts, predict phenomena, and illustrate and represent interactions and relationships within complex Earth systems. One ...
Developing Research Based Laboratories for Introductory Physical and Historical Geology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jose Cervantes, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso

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In 2014, a 5 year grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) was awarded to The University of Texas at El Paso to create research based labs in introductory courses in the College of Science. In the ...
GeoConnections POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Darryl Reano, Purdue University-Main Campus
Jon Harbor, Purdue University-Main Campus

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GeoConnections is a recent NSF-funded project that is focused on creating geoscience education modules (GEMs) that are place-based and culturally relevant for Native American undergraduate students. The development ...
Access and inclusion from the perspective of current departmental practice POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Ivan Carabajal, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Christopher Atchison, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Many traditionally-designed geoscience courses and field-experiences are unintentionally presenting barriers to active participation for students with disabilities (SWD). As such, these barriers are potentially ...
High-Adventure Science: Making and Defending Scientific Claims in the Face of Uncertainty POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Amy Pallant, The Concord Consortium

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The poster will describe results from the NSF-funded High-Adventure Science: Earth's Systems and Sustainability project. The project developed five online curriculum modules that promote understanding of how ...
Addressing student readiness for data-intensive science — takeaways from other disciplines' efforts and prospects for the earth sciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Mariana Güereque, University of Texas at El Paso
Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso
Suzanne Pierce, The University of Texas at Austin

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The current research landscape has seen an undeniable increase in data-intensive science, consistent with the impact of "big data" in every corner of our society. Within this arena, high volume, ...
Disciplinary-Based Education Research: Some Observations on the Promise, Products and Pitfalls POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

James Brey, American Meteorological Society

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Today's funding environments demand meaningful assessment and evaluation as a minimum for any proposal to promote earth science teaching and learning. Within the past decade this requirement has evolved to ...
Do InTeGrate materials increase scientific understanding among women? POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Tiffany Rivera, Westminster College (UT)
Laura Rademacher, University of the Pacific
Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com
Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College
William Hansen, Worcester State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University
Elizabeth Nagy, Pasadena City College
Daren Nelson, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Mathieu Richaud, California State University-Fresno

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InTeGrate geoscience teaching materials were developed to link societal challenges to geologic concepts in order to improve Earth literacy in undergraduate students. These curricular products span topics from ...
The impact of inquiry-based instructional methods in improving pre-service K-5 teachers' self-efficacy POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University
Charles Kerton, Iowa State University

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It is known that pre-service elementary school teachers have low science teaching self-efficacy (i.e., low confidence in their ability to teach science), which in turn can influence negatively the quality of ...
Characteristics and motivations of majors in a geosciences program with a large proportion of transfer students POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Joel Moore, Towson University
Ronald Hermann, Towson University
Rommel Miranda, Towson University
Kyle Hurley, Towson University

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The US demand for STEM graduates is high, and job growth for geoscience graduates is projected to be ~50% higher than overall job growth. Through the NSF-funded grant entitled TU GEO Careers (Towson University ...
Running Academic Year Pathways Research Experience Program (AY-PREP) to improve undergraduate student education for the Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lixin Jin, University of Texas at El Paso
Tina Carrick, El Paso Community College
Aaron Velasco, University of Texas at El Paso
Lin Ma, University of Texas at El Paso

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Recruiting, retaining, and preparing the next generation of diverse geoscientists requires exposing students to the wide-range of career opportunities and emerging geoscience topics and environmental issues through ...
Augmented Reality Sandboxes: Determining Efficacy as a Pedagogical Tool in Intro Geology Courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

matt smith, University of Kansas Main Campus
Alison Olcott Marshall, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Though the majority of students who take formal geology courses in a post-secondary setting are not intending to pursue geology as a career, these students are expected to use spatial visualization skills in order ...
GER Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder

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This session is for those who want to increase their ability to conduct education research. Participants will have a chance to learn about principles of research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, and ...
Factors that Influence Two-Year College Student Transfer Intent and Geoscience Degree Aspirations ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Ben Wolfe, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Colleges and universities are facing greater accountability to identify and implement practices that increase the number of two-year college (2YC) students who transfer to four-year institutions (4YC) and complete ...
Assessing Impact of InTeGrate Materials in an Introductory Environmental Science Course ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

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Using InTeGrate modules in an Introduction to Environmental Science course since the spring of 2016, gains in student achievement in objectives related to soils, agriculture, mining, climate change, among others ...
Are we testing what we think is important? An historical, exploratory analysis of the New York Regents Exam in Earth science ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Michael Alvernaz, Central Washington University
Ryan Carrington, Central Washington University
Anthony Perez, Central Washington University

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Over the last decade, communities of scientists came together to develop the literacy documents in climate, oceans, atmospheric science, and Earth science. These documents outline what every citizen should know to ...
Leveraging the relationship between student confidence and performance to promote achievement in introductory geoscience courses ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Jason Jones, North Carolina State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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Many students don't know how learning happens, nor what they have to do to make it happen. This awareness of how to learn falls under the purview of metacognition and in a process called self-regulation. ...
Adapting InTeGrate for the Large Lecture Classroom: Impacts on Engagement and Student Performance POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College

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The InTeGrate project seeks to incorporate concepts of sustainability and societal issues into the geoscience classroom using inquiry-based, active-learning approaches. A multi-institution study is documenting the ...
Improving Understanding of Earth Science Topics through Evaluation and Plausibility Reappraisal POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Doug Lombardi, University of Maryland-College Park
Janelle Bailey, Temple University
Elliot S. Bickel, Temple University
Shondricka Burrell, Duquesne University

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Evaluation is an important aspect of science and is receiving increasing attention in science education. This study investigated changes to high school students' plausibility judgments and knowledge as a ...
Geoscience Education in Trinidad and Tobago: Bridging the Gap from Niche Discipline to General Awareness for Sustainable Development POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Tricia Alvarez, The University of Texas at Austin

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Trinidad and Tobago is located within an active plate tectonic boundary characterized by regular seismicity, and it is also positioned at the southern margin of Atlantic Basin hurricane paths. Consequently the ...
Using Design Patterns as a Strategy for Capturing Generalizable Knowledge from Educational Interventions POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York
Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College

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A design pattern is a reusable solution to a problem that recurs repeatedly as people try to navigate through life. The concept began in architecture and has spread to many other fields. We think that the design ...
It is in the Syllabus POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Alayde Barbosa, Florida Gulf Coast University
Mary Abercrombie, Florida Gulf Coast University

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The ambition to become better instructors was the motivation to participate in the new Design Academy, an intense two week program offered by the Lucas Center for Faculty Development at the Florida Gulf Coast ...