Theme: Geoscience Education Research

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

Advancing Transdisciplinary Dialogue in Geoscience Education Research WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 368

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University

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This workshop is intended to bring together educators and education researchers from a variety of professional communities to advance research around GER grand challenges associated with teaching about the Earth in ...
Strategies in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 123

sarah bean sherman, University of British Columbia
Alison Jolley, University of British Columbia
Emily Scribner, Clemson University

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Do you ever wonder about the efficacy of the active learning techniques you are using in class? This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about assessing the impact of teaching and learning on their ...
Monitoring and measuring the development of earth education pathways: Strategies learned from the EarthConnections project ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Karen Peterman, Karen Peterman Consulting Co
Barbara Nagle, University of California-Berkeley
Mitchell Awalt, Carleton College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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A critical aspect of program assessment involves establishing a process for progress monitoring and measurement. Monitoring and measurement can identify early signs of success or unanticipated obstacles. ...
What kinds of questions do undergraduates generate while exploring data visualizations pertaining to sea level rise and climate change? ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York
Melissa Zrada, Columbia University in the City of New York
Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Question-asking is a necessary step towards generating hypotheses, making decisions, and solving problems, and is Practice #1 in the Next Generation Science Standards. However, research on student question-asking ...
Collective Impact for Broadening Participation ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Cassie Xu, Columbia University in the City of New York
Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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In this presentation, we will explore how a collective impact framework can be used to create meaningful partnerships that lead to more impactful student development and broadening participation efforts in STEM. ...
Aligning active learning teaching with active learning assessment: More accurate measures of student learning and mitigating the achievement gap ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

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

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The degree to which student learning experiences and course assessments are both activity-based has a big impact on student performance in introductory geoscience courses newly revised at California State ...
Developing Culturally Responsive Pathways to local Geoscience Jobs and Careers ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)

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The Atlanta Alliance is building strong and impactful strategies and leveraging relationships with education and environmental organizations to; *expand "pathways to geoscience" careers *remedy prominent ...
How Do Effort and Judgments of Learning during Online Practice Quizzes Predict Exam Outcomes in an Introductory Physical Geology Course? ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

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

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The level of consonance between students' perceptions of their abilities and their actual ability to perform is often quite limited. The ability to accurately monitor the level of one's learning is an ...
Improving Scientific Literacy in Introductory Geoscience Classes with Data-driven Inquiry POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Lily Claiborne, Vanderbilt University
Neil Kelley, Vanderbilt University
Ajayi, Moyosore, Vanderbilt University
Kristy Barnes, Vanderbilt University
Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University
Garrett Tate, Vanderbilt University

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Inquiry-based learning is shown to improve scientific literacy (Brickman et al. 2009). Availability of cutting-edge scientific data and imagery online provides new educational opportunities to have students pursue ...
Building a National Collaborative for Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW): Insights from a National Conference POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Hui-Hui Wang, Purdue University-Main Campus
Nicole Sintov, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Christine Li, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kelly Millenbah, Michigan State University

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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 ...
Improving of student accuracy at determining soil texture by feel POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Judith Turk, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Rebecca Young, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Determining the soil texture by feel is an important field skill for soil scientists and other earth scientists, but it is difficult for students to master. Current instructional tools include flowcharts and keys ...
The Mineralogy Concept Inventory: a statistically validated concept inventory to measure learning gains POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Emily Scribner, Clemson University
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia

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Since 2007, an initiative to improve science education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has prompted a shift towards more learner-centred pedagogies in undergraduate courses, including introductory ...
Evaluating Sands in an Introductory Earth Science Class Using a Remotely-Operated Scanning Electron Microscope POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Mary Beck, Valencia Community College

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In fall, 2017 and spring, 2018 earth science students at Valencia College in Orlando, FL used a remotely-accessed scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) housed at the Florida ...
A plan to assess the impact of curriculum and department climate on undergraduate student learning POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Alexandra Snell, Texas A & M University
Julie Newman, Texas A & M University
David Sparks, Texas A & M University

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The Department of Geology & Geophysics (G&G) at Texas A&M University recently completed a curriculum redesign. A data-driven backward design process incorporated data from current and former students, ...
Undergraduate Perceptions of Climate Change POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Stephanie Courtney, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Creating resilient communities that successfully adapt to climate change will require a public is that is literate about climate change and the potential impacts. In recent years, a flood of information concerning ...
Assessment of student learning – field application POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Lily Pfeifer, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Lynn Soreghan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Michael Soreghan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

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Our research, Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France (NSF International Research Experience for Students project), aims to mentor U.S. undergraduate science students from underserved populations (e.g. ...
Reasoning about Feedback Loops POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Rebekah Banerjee, Temple University
Tim Shipley, Temple University

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Understanding the role of feedback loops in the geosciences and related fields is an important yet challenging topic for students and teachers alike. Grasping the patterns that tend to arise in dynamic systems, and ...
Changes in interest and desire to major in geoscience during introductory geology courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Andrea Grenga, Community College of Rhode Island
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Savannah Harik, University of Rhode Island
Brian Savage, University of Rhode Island

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Previous research has shown that students' positive experiences in introductory geology courses may play a role in recruiting majors. This study aims to describe how student interest and desire to major in the ...
A comparison of self-reported teaching practices related to development of students' quantitative, data analysis, problem-solving, and communication skills in introductory geoscience courses at two-year colleges and four-year colleges POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Kusali Gamage, Austin Community College
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College

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Community colleges are a main entry point to post-secondary education for many students, particularly for minority students, first-generation college students, students from low-income families and older students. ...
Measuring the Reach and Influence of InTeGrate Materials on Faculty Teaching Practices POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Kathryn Sheriff, Carleton College

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InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, aims to dramatically increase Earth literacy for undergraduate students to better prepare them to address complex societal challenges. To ...
NAGT's Journal of Geoscience Education: A history and a look to the future POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) has been published since 1951. Over its 68-year history, JGE has had twelve editors, several publishers, and two ...
Using Galvanic Skin Sensors to Measure Engagement and Learning Outcomes During Teacher Workshops and Undergraduate Classes about Climate Science POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Ariel Morrison, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jennifer Kay, University of Colorado at Boulder
Anne Gold, University of Colorado at Boulder
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus

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Climate science is a complex topic that requires system-level thinking and the application of general science concepts. Identifying techniques to improve climate literacy and learning gains is an emerging research ...
Water in Society: Undergraduate Learning and Reasoning about Socio-hydrological Issues POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Destini Petitt, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Diane Lally, 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 global, water-related challenges with significant scientific dimensions and spanning the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). To prepare students to become tomorrow's global ...
The Effectiveness of the Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox for Improving Spatial Thinking in Undergraduates POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Elijah Johnson, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Spatial reasoning ability is a crucial skill necessary for success in any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) domains. Research suggests that the base level of spatial thinking ability ...
Using Conceptual Frameworks of Earth Systems to Frame Future Directions in Systems Thinking Research WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 366

Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College

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Systems thinking is a fundamental geocompetency and developing student conceptualization of the Earth as a system is key to issues facing society. Additionally, systems thinking is a major topic for geoscience ...
Recent NSF Geosciences Directorate Award Trends in Addressing Broader Impact Criteria ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Susan Meabh Kelly, Connecticut State Department of Education

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"Intellectual Merit" and "Broader Impacts" criteria are of equal significance in the consideration of proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. The National Alliance for Broader ...
Developing active student engagement and collaboration through the use of mobile technologies in inclusively-designed field courses ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 368

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

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Geoscience field studies are a common requirement for undergraduate degree programs in the geosciences. Instructional methods in traditional field-based courses combined with the rugged natural environment create ...
Hooked on Active Tectonics: An Affective Comparison of Study Abroad and Local Students in New Zealand ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Alison Jolley, University of British Columbia
Samuel Hampton, Frontiers Abroad
Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury
Ben Kennedy, University of Canterbury
Lyndon Fraser, University of Canterbury

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Students who have studied abroad report greater self-confidence, long-lasting impacts on their worldview, and development of skillsets that influenced their future career paths. Field experiences offer similar ...
EMBeRS: A New Method for Igniting Interdisciplinary Learning, Synthesis and Convergence ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso
Shirley Vincent, Vincent Evaluation Consulting
Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Rod Parnell, Northern Arizona University
Antje Danielson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Many of humanity's most pressing issues are socio-environmental, and as such, are ill-structured, "wicked" problems. Investigating wicked problems requires a collaborative process that includes ...
Understanding Undergraduate Student Conceptions about Biogeochemical Cycles and the Earth System ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Research has shown the highest level of understanding in the geosciences to be the ability to think about the Earth as a dynamic system (Stokes 2011). The Earth System contains four spheres: the geosphere, the ...
The use of data analysis and quantitative skills in undergraduate geoscience courses ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College

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Quantitative tools and data analysis techniques are important for the success of geoscience majors in a variety of careers, and are important for many non-scientists who need quantitative reasoning skills for ...
How well do introductory geoscience courses prepare future teachers? Results from the National Geoscience Teaching Practices Survey ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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Most teachers experienced Earth science in a single introductory undergraduate geoscience course. To what extent do classroom practices in introductory geoscience courses reflect the practices we expect future ...
Researching the Impact of a Redesigned Introductory Earth Science Course on Preservice Elementary Teacher Knowledge and Perspectives ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

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 authors present the design, research, and evaluation of an earth science course for preservice elementary teachers that is place-based, hands-on, technologically enriched, and aligns with the Next Generation ...
Student choices, outcomes, and engagement with Self-guided introductory field experiences using the Flyover Country app POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Avery Shinneman, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Amy Myrbo, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Shane Loeffler, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Field experiences are an integral and attractive part of an education in the geosciences, and considered formative by many students. However, at many institutions class sizes, transportation, and other barriers ...
Tools & Support for Integrating Real Environmental Data into Education POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Liza Brazil, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc
Jon Pollak, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc

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Using real data in a classroom setting can help students better understand scientific concepts. By working with data from a place they are familiar with they can form deeper connections to the research or they can ...
Towards Development and Online Deployment of Virtual Rocks and Minerals for Teaching and Learning POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Patrick McDaniel, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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In a recent review of the technology for creating and deploying three-dimensional models of geological objects, De Paor (2016) emphasized the diversity of applications in research and learning. However, in the ...
Teaching glacier dynamics through online visualizations POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

James Stauder, The University of Montana-Missoula
Leigh Stearns, University of Kansas Main Campus
Jesse Johnson, The University of Montana-Missoula

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A major contribution to global sea level rise is the increased melting of land-based ice, such as glaciers and ice sheets. The objective of this project is to improve understanding of the physical processes ...