Basil Tikoff

Geoscience

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Project Leader, Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Project Leader

Science for Non-Scientists part of Science for Non-Scientists
This website hosts all of the materials developed for an undergraduate course called "Science for Non-Scientists." Students enrolled in this course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed very significant gains in critical thinking skills, as measured by the Critical Thinking Assessment test, developed at Tennessee Tech University.

Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

PHYSICAL EXPERIMENT ON ELASTIC AND NEWTONIAN RHEOLOGY part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology:Activities
Simple physical models with rubber sheet (elastic rheology) and clear silicon putty (silicon "goo"; linear viscous rheology) help students conceptualize and describe quantitatively strain and stress in ...

Calculating the radius of the Earth part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
Science students often have difficulty thinking about large spatial scales. The purpose of the exercise is to redo Eratosthenes' calculation of the radius of the Earth using data from to sites in ancient Egypt. The excercise teaches about the methodology of science - how Eratothenes figured it out - rather than worried about what the "right" answer is. It can also be used to discuss the role of models in geological thinking.

Course (1)

Science for Non-Scientists part of Science for Non-Scientists
This website hosts all of the materials developed for an undergraduate course called "Science for Non-Scientists." Students enrolled in this course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison showed very significant gains in critical thinking skills, as measured by the Critical Thinking Assessment test, developed at Tennessee Tech University.

Essay (1)

What should all citizens know about geoscience? part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
What should all citizens know about geoscience? Basil Tikoff, Geoscience, Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison The problem I'll just put it out there: The way we teach science at the introductory level is ...

Conference Presentations (2)

Teaching Spatial Thinking in Mineralogy, Structural Geology, and Sedimentology & Stratigraphy: Tools and Strategies from Cognitive Science Research part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Spatial visualization is an essential skill in the STEM disciplines, including the geological sciences. Undergraduate students, including geoscience majors in upper-level courses, bring a wide range of spatial ...

CogSketch worksheet: Promoting sketching in the geosciences with interactive technology part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Poster Sessions:Tuesday
Sketching is a valuable activity to help students develop spatial skills and understand difficult geoscience concepts. Yet, sketching is rarely implemented at the introductory level due to the time needed to grade ...

Other Contributions (2)

CogSketch Geoscience Worksheets part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Tuesday A
Sketching is a valuable activity to help students develop spatial skills and understand difficult geoscience concepts. Yet, sketching is rarely implemented at the introductory level due to the time needed to grade ...

What are the Components of a Successful NSF Proposal? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
This session is for those who anticipate submission of NSF proposals for disciplinary research and/or geoscience educational proposals. This workshop is from the perspective of someone who submits proposals to ...