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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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Using research to teach the methods of geoscience
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Using Research to Teach the Methods of Geoscience Anne Egger, Geological Sciences and Science Education, Central Washington University For seven years, I taught at a highly selective, research-intensive ...

The child as history: recapitulation goes to school
Kip Ault, Lewis and Clark College
The child as history: recapitulation goes to school Kip Ault, Teacher Education, Lewis and Clark College As an essay to share with the participants of the "Teaching the Methods of Geoscience" I have ...

The use of field experience and anecdotes in teaching
Joel Aquino, Gainesville State College
The use of field experience and anecdotes in teaching Joel S Aquino, PhD, STEM, Gainesville State College "Teaching geology without a fieldtrip is blasphemy" Joel S. Aquino My experience in teaching the ...

Lithic literacy and the "forensic" methods of geoscience
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
Lithic literacy and the "forensic" methods of geoscienceJames R. Ebert, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, State University of New York, College at Oneonta My approach to teaching the methods of geoscience ...

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 ...

It's scary to feel uncertain
Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College
It's scary to feel uncertain Kim Hannula, Geosciences, Fort Lewis College About a month ago, I got a flyer in the mail advertising software to aid in three-dimensional visualization of geologic structures. ...

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 ...

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 ...

My metaphoric earth science life story
Catherine Lange, Buffalo State College
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 ...

Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors?
Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors? Kaatje Kraft, Physical Science, Mesa Community College In a recent homework assignment a student submitted about the nature of geoscience, he cited a webpage that ...

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