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Faculty Accounts of Teaching Geoscientific Thinking

These personal accounts were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Teaching Methods of Geoscience workshop in June 2012. Participants were asked to describe their insights into teaching the methods of geoscience based on their experience teaching the methods, research on teaching, or their geoscience research.


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Introducing the methods of geoscience to physical geology students
Beth Dushman, Del Mar College
Introducing the methods of geoscience to physical geology students Beth Dushman, Natural Sciences, Del Mar College As a geology instructor at a community college, I teach mostly non-majors students in my Physical ...

The development of my understanding of the methods of earth science
Jeff Thomas, Central Connecticut State University
The development of my understanding of the methods of earth science Jeff Thomas, Physics and Earth Science, Central Connecticut State University My first job after college was working for a small, private weather ...

Learning geoscience by talking and doing
Julie Stoughton, University of Nevada-Reno
Learning geoscience by talking and doing Julie Stoughton, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada-Reno I began my teaching career over twenty years ago as an outdoor educator at Yosemite ...

Geoscience fundamentals: teaching the methods and philosophies of science through writing
Barbara Bekken, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Geoscience fundamentals: teaching the methods and philosophies of science through writing Barbara Bekken, Geosciences, Virginia Tech I am suspicious of faculty who, when they begin to converse on curricular ...

Educating pre-service teachers in geoscience methods
Kandi Wojtysiak, Rio Salado College
Educating pre-service teachers in geoscience methods Kandi Wojtysiak, Education, Rio Salado College Challenges of preparing teachers to teach science Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona promotes an innovative ...

Why I have my students explore methods of the geosciences
Paul Vincent, Valdosta State University
Why I have my students explore methods of the geosciences Paul Vincent, Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University Over the past several years I have taught a course that has the title: Tools ...

My metaphoric earth science life story
Catherine Lange, SUNY Buffalo State
My metaphoric earth science life story Catherine Lange, Earth Sciences and Science Education, Buffalo State College My roots are deeply embedded in the bedrock of my early life as an urban high school earth ...

Teaching the methods of geoscience in a mineralogy class
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Teaching the methods of geoscience in a mineralogy class Dave Mogk, Dept. Earth Sciences, Montana State University Mineralogy is often the "gateway" course to the geoscience major. As such, it plays an ...

Emphasizing the science in geoscience
Laurel Goodell, Princeton University
Emphasizing the Science in Geoscience Laurel Goodell, Geosciences, Princeton University Geoscience was not part of the curriculum when I went through the New Jersey public schools. Things have certainly improved ...

Research on Learning in the Geosciences: Contexts, Goals and Opportunities
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
David Mogk, Earth Sciences, Montana State University - BozemanOriginally prepared for a workshop on Bringing Research on Learning to the Geosciences, sponsored by NSF and the Johnson Foundation, Racine WI, July ...

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