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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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 ...

Introducing the methods of geoscience to physical geology students
Beth Dushman, Howard Community 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Differences in the methodology and justification of the field sciences and the classical experimental sciences
Carol Cleland, University of Colorado at Boulder
Differences in the methodology and justification of the field sciences and the classical experimental sciences Carol Cleland, Department of Philosophy, Center for Astrobiology, University of Colorado at Boulder ...

Geoscience odd-(wo)man out
Holly Godsey, University of Utah
Geoscience odd-(wo)man out Holly Godsey, Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah My experiences in teaching to date have been anything but traditional. They include a couple of TA positions, field camp for ...

Teaching geoscience methods to pre-service elementary teachers
Kyle Gray, University of Northern Iowa
Teaching geoscience methods to pre-service elementary teachers Kyle Gray, Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa For the past three years, I have been teaching at the University of Northern Iowa – a ...