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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The child as history: recapitulation goes to school
Kip Ault, Lewis & 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 ...

Geoscience methods applied to real-world problems
Kathleen Harper, The University of Montana-Missoula
Geoscience methods applied to real-world problems Kathleen Harper, Geosciences, The University of Montana, Missoula Many students come into my Physical Geology course with the impression that they are going to be ...

Using models in geoscience
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Using models in geoscience Bob Mackay, Physics & Meteorology, Clark College and Washington State University My geoscience career started over 30 years ago in solid earth geophysics, has touched on physical ...

Teaching the scientific method at a community college
Pier Bartow, Klamath Community College
Teaching the scientific method at a community college Pier Bartow, Natural Resource Systems, Klamath Community College About 4 years ago our science department at Klamath Community College (KCC) decided to ...

Geoscience by example
Ntungwa Maasha, College of Coastal Georgia
Geoscience by exampleNtungwa Maasha, Natural Science, College of Coastal Georgia In June 2011 I was invited to the geology department of the Faulkner School of Engineering in the College of Science, University of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Teaching Geoscience Methods in the Field
Dave Mogk, Montana State University-Bozeman
Teaching geoscience methods in the field Dave Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University Learning in the field has traditionally been one of the fundamental components of the geoscience curriculum. ...

Curiosity based learning and self-education
Paulo Hidalgo, Georgia State University
Curiosity based learning and self-education Paulo J. Hidalgo, Geosciences, Georgia State University I have always admired educators who were able to transform my lack of enthusiasm towards a subject into that of ...

Why do we teach geoscience to non-majors?
Kaatje van der Hoeven 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 discusses ...