Katherine Ryker

Geography and Geology

University of South Carolina-Columbia

I am an Assistant Professor of Geoscience Education at the University of South Carolina, and serve as the Vice President for the NAGT Geoscience Education Research division (Vice President: 2017-present; Secretary: 2014-2017). 

 

My primary research interests revolve around 1) interventions in introductory geoscience classes (especially labs) to improve cognitive and affective learning goals, and 2) teaching professional development (faculty, graduate teaching assistants and pre- and in-service teachers). This includes exploring connections between reformed teaching practices, student learning, teaching beliefs, and the implementation of inquiry-based geoscience labs. Other specific topics I am interested in include the use of augmented and virtual reality in geoscience programs and how teachers develop their beliefs and identities over time.

I am always open to establishing new collaborations! Please let me know if you're interested in tackling a question together.

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Website Content Contributions

Activities (3)

Implementing the Geoscience Education Research Project as a Poster in Intro Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Share-a-Thon:Share-a-Thon Presentations
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results as described by Karen M. Kortz here: ...

The Pangea Puzzle part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Friday B
Students learn how to use the Paleobiology Database (PBDB) to produce maps of fossils on the present day Earth's surface, as well as past continental configurations. They do this by mapping the occurrence of ...

Using the Paleobiology Database to explore tectonic events part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Friday B
In this teaching demonstration, we will model a student activity we developed utilizing the Paleobiology Database's (PBDB's) user-friendly "Navigator" interface. The activity has students to ...

Conference Presentations (12)

Friday Session B part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Friday B
Friday Session B Your Account Earth Educators' RendezvousAlbuquerque, NM July 17-21, ...

Other Contributions (12)

Measuring and Increasing the Level of Inquiry in Science Laboratory Activities part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Morning Workshops:Measuring and Increasing the Level of Inquiry in Science Laboratory Activities
Commercially available lab manuals for introductory science courses are often devoid of authentic inquiry opportunities for learners (Buck et al., 2008). Inquiry-based activities have been empirically-shown to ...

Communities

Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Southeastern Section, Geoscience Education Research Division

Workshop Leader

Workshop Participant (20 workshops)

Webinar Participant (6 webinars)