Theme: Geoscience Education Research

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

Getting your Geoscience Education Research Published AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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Are you interested in publishing your research in geoscience education? Have you been confused or surprised by reviews you've received? In this session, we will discuss strategies for determining where to ...
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity in K-8 Science: The NGSS and Science Textbooks ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm

Kim Cheek, University of North Florida

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An accurate conception of scale is important in all science disciplines, perhaps none more so than geoscience. While some geoscience processes and events occur at spatial, temporal, and numeric scales perceivable ...
Model-Based Teaching and Learning about Earth's Climate: Two Secondary Teachers' Implementation of a Curriculum Unit ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm

Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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The Next Generation Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards Lead States, 2013) and the Essential Principles for Climate Literacy (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2009) have helped ...
An Elicitation Study of Introductory Geoscience Student Beliefs About Continuing in the Discipline ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Danielle Jackson, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Kevin Hurler, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Jaquan High, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Introductory classes play a critical role for the geosciences, serving as a way to train future citizen scientists and recruit majors who may have previously not seriously considered a geoscience major. Students ...
Sociohydrologic System Thinking: Student Operationalization, Evaluation, and Model PMC Analysis ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm

Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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One of the keys to science and environmental literacy is systems thinking. Learning how to think about the interactions between systems, the far-reaching effects of a system, and the dynamic nature of systems are ...
Preparation for Geoscience Fieldtrips: The benefits of field training for confidence ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm

Paul Ashwell, University of Toronto Mississauga
Alison Jolley, University of British Columbia
Jacqueline Dohaney, Victoria University of Wellington

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Fieldtrips are often one of the foundations of a geoscience undergraduate degree, and are at the core of many degree programs. In undergraduate courses taught prior to fieldtrips, students are taught skills in ...
Strategies for Course Embedded Research ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Tennessee State University

PRAJUKTI Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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Two recent reports published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS 2015, 2017) highlight the cognitive and affective benefits of embedding aspects of authentic research in ...
GER Theoretical Frameworks AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm TSU - Lawson: 111

Kathy Quardokus Fisher, Florida International University

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Theoretical frameworks serve a variety of functions in research. These roles span from guiding the articulation of research questions to supporting the implications of findings. This workshop will be a facilitated ...
A Pilot Study to Assess Chemistry Education in the Geosciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Erika Zocher, Northern Illinois University
Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University

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It is well established that chemistry is an integral discipline underlying many scientific concepts. However, chemistry also presents challenges and misconceptions that act as barriers for many students (Birk & ...
The Role of Virtual Reality in Developing Spatial Visualization Skills in Geoscience Students POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Kevin Hurler, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Scott White, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Geoscience and its many subfields require students to utilize an immense amount of spatial visualization skills to identify and solve various problems and patterns within the field. Spatial visualization is the ...
Participatory Modelling: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understand Stakeholder Awareness, Critical Thinking and Collaborative Reasoning About Water Scarcity. POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Katalina Salas, University of Texas at El Paso
Deana Pennington, University of Texas at El Paso

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Freshwater is a scarce natural resource in the Paso del Norte Region and continues to be threatened by the increase in demand and environmental stressors. The projected increase of water use along with rising ...
Development of Workforce Skills in Geoscience Courses for Majors POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College

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We used responses from the 2016 administration of the National Survey of Geoscience Faculty (NSGF) to investigate the extent to which courses in geoscience majors help students develop workforce skills. Respondents ...
Redesigning earth science for preservice elementary teachers: Changes (or not) in curriculum, instruction, and learners POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware
Lauren Stegeman, 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 ...
Testing the Effectiveness of Student-Centered Pedagogy in a Large Introductory Physical Geology Course POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Theresa Halligan, Iowa State University
Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University
Ulrike Genschel, Iowa State University

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Large enrollment introductory science courses generally have a range of student engagement that can result in low attendance and participation. Instructors may implement active learning techniques to encourage ...
The Use of Augmented Reality in Informal Learning Environments POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Danielle Jackson, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Augmented Reality (AR) has seen a rise in popularity over the last several decades as the technologies required to develop AR-based tools have become more widespread and user-friendly (Billinghurst et al., 2015; ...
Pedagogical practices, discourses and teaching knowledge in Geoscience and Environmental Education POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Denise Bacci, University of São Paulo

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This study derives from the professional development and experiences at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, as a teaccher in the Geosciences and Environmental Education Undergraduate Program, at Geosciences ...
Investigating Policies for the Expansion of Renewable Energy in Missouri: A Research Internship Connecting Science and Policy POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Victoria I Cheatham, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Promoting new green technologies and massively adopting renewable energies is a critical mitigation tactic in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. This presentation describes a three-month ...
Understanding Student Success Metrics to Support Students from Underrepresented Groups in the Geosciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Logan Saucer, Florida International University
Kathy Quardokus Fisher, Florida International University

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Degree completion rates among undergraduate students majoring in the geosciences have significantly lagged behind completion rates of all STEM undergraduates. Due to the predicted shortage of geoscientists in the ...
STEM Virtual Field Trips of the 21st Century: A Systematic Literature Review POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Christopher Krause, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Georgina Anderson, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Danielle Jackson, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Virtual field trips (VFTs) are multimedia presentations that bring experiences of distant places to learners via a computer, mimicking what learners might experience at a physical site. VFTs can allow students ...
Analysis of Critical Features of Informal Science Learning Environments in Michigan POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Ashley Michael, Eastern Michigan University
Christine Clark, Eastern Michigan University
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Museums and other informal science learning environments (ISLEs), like planetariums, have been helping teach the public science for generations, and many provide outreach programs specifically for K-12 audiences. ...
"How can I help?": Evidence of changing student attitudes about climate change at a private four-year liberal arts college POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Kevin Theissen, University of St. Thomas (MN)

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As part of a larger study of student learning about climate change, I have collected survey data in my introductory-level paleoclimatology course, "The Earth's Record of Climate", since Fall 2012. ...
Undergraduate Writing Assignments on the Nature of Science using the NSF-funded "The Story Behind the Science" ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Carrie Wright-Tyler, University of Southern Indiana

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Scientifically literate citizens are able to actively participate and make decisions in the discourse of science in a global society dealing with scientific issues such as climate change because they have ...
Building Better Graphs for Climate Change Communication: Perceptions of Credibility ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm TSU - Humphries: 221

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

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Climate change mitigation will require public support and participation, and scientists often communicate to the public about climate change with visualizations such as graphs. However, there is limited existing ...
Developing a Perpetual Course Model ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Mary Armour, york university
Michelle Senagara, York University Toronto Canada

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Online courses allow greater flexibility for students in how courses are delivered. This is a major reason students take these courses. Presented here are the first year instructor experience and student feedback ...
Understanding the Effectiveness of the AR Sandbox through Student Experiences ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm TSU - Humphries: 221

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 ...
Challenges in making meaning from Ground Motion Visualizations: The role of geoscience knowledge in interpreting dynamic spatiotemporal patterns ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm TSU - Humphries: 221

Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford
Allison Jaeger, Temple University
Tim Shipley, Temple University

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The USArray Ground Motion Visualization (GMV) is an IRIS video product that illustrates seismic waves traveling away from an earthquake by depicting seismometers as symbols that vary in color according to recorded ...
Using Student Drawings of Biogeochemical Cycles to Explore Systems Thinking Abilities ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm TSU - Humphries: 221

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

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Biogeochemical cycles are the fundamental component connecting all parts of the Earth system. Cycling of elements like carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus involves multiple fluxes and reservoirs through all components ...
Building Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-Environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION) POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Gregory Goins, North Carolina A & T State University
Tonya Gerald-Goins, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University
Porche' Spence, North Carolina Central University
Caesar Jackson, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University

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DISCUSSION is a collaboration between two major HBCUs located 50 miles apart NC (NC A&T) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). This pilot communicates the words and needs for families who seek avenues ...
Teaching Geologic Time – Current Practices and Understanding POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim, Front Range Community College

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Geologic time is a fundamental concept in the geosciences, but research shows that a gap exists between what students are taught about geologic time and the actual time scale of the Earth. The literature further ...
Promoting Student Understanding of the Earth's Climate through Model-based Learning in Secondary Geo-Science Classrooms POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Learning about Earth's climate system and global climate change (GCC) is critical and has gained impetus with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013). One approach ...
Using effective education strategies to guide curriculum changes in the Environmental Sciences program at the University of Texas at El Paso: lessons learned POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

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
Guadalupe Corral, University of Texas at El Paso

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We revised the curriculum for the Environmental Sciences undergraduate program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), with support of grants from the Department of Education MSEIP and NSF-IUSE programs, to ...
Assessing Geoscience Career Awareness Among Undergraduates POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Claire Harrigan, Boise State University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

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One measure of the success of an undergraduate geoscience program is how well its students are prepared for careers in the geosciences. As departments work to prepare undergraduates for the workforce, a method for ...
The Center for Diverse Leadership in Science and Opportunities for a Consortium Towards Equity and Justice POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Aradhna Tripati, University of California-Los Angeles

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To cultivate increased diversity in the geosciences and environmental sciences, we are developing a program to recruit and support more diverse students, and connect them with better-trained faculty. Our goals are ...
The Advantages of Unstructured Time: Insight from Academic Field Trips POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Eric Goldfarb, The University of Texas at Austin
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin

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Academic field programs are an essential part of geoscience education. An often overlooked benefit of field trips is time not devoted to study. On a typical trip, students, faculty, and teaching assistants spend ...
Students' socio-hydrological reasoning and water literacy in an undergraduate water course POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118

Destini N. Petitt, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
David Owens, Georgia Southern University
Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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In a world that is becoming increasingly globalized and resource-limited, it is essential to support students' development of sophisticated reasoning skills when dealing with complex Earth systems. To address ...