Eric Pyle

Geology and Environmental Science

James Madison University

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activities (4)

Web-o-Cycles part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a classroom activity intended as an introductory exercise in a capstone experience involving complex Earth systems.

Be the Block: Working the Geologic Block Diagram as an Inquiry Tool part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Working with data, students develop 3-D understandings of Earth structures using inference to construct a block diagram from a collection of 2-D information.

Rubric for field notes/field books part of Geoscience in the Field:Assessment Tools
This is a rubric for assessing student work with field note-taking. It provides clear expectations to students before any field assignment commences. This rubric is derived from the work of the sub-committee at the ...

Rubric for maps and cross-sections part of Geoscience in the Field:Assessment Tools
This is a scoring rubric for assessing student geologic maps and cross-sections, as used by the JMU Field Course.

Course (1)

James Madison University - History and Philosophy of the Geosciences part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
As an introductory experience in the Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science, students will be inculcated in the philosophy of geosciences as an interdisciplinary medium for extending classical science viewpoints to ...

Essays (4)

All Shall Be Judged Politically: Seeking Consensus for a Sustainability-Literate Dialogue part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Earth Education for Sustainable Societies:Essays
Eric Pyle, James Madison University One of the most critical educational needs that I perceive is the development of consensus on the what the term "sustainability" actually means. For some, it is a ...

Connecting Science Pedagogy with Complex Earth Systems Thinking: A Non-Linear, Sensitive-Dependent Journey part of Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Eric Pyle, James Madison University When I contemplate the nature of complex Earth systems, I am immediately drawn to both the philosophical aspects of their descriptions as well as the instructional opportunities ...

Assessment in the Context of Evaluation at James Madison University part of Building Strong Departments:Workshops:Assessing Geoscience Programs:Participant Essays
Eric J. Pyle, Department Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University The Department of Geology & Environmental Science at James Madison University is a large one among undergraduate ...

Eric Pyle part of Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Department of Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University Homepage What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the ...

Conference Presentations (3)

Monday A: Teaching with Societally-relevant Curriculum part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday A

Connecting Controversy and Complexity part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The authors share interest and experience in programming for both teaching about complex adaptive systems (CASs) and about controversial issues. Controversial issues are a subset of complex issues, as these issues ...

Press-Kits as an Approach to Presenting Controversial Issues in the Geosciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday A
Communicating scientific information to nonscientific audiences requires presenting accurate information in multiple ways. It is critical in reaching a broad audience, however, that the information be presented as ...

Other Contributions (4)

Research on Students' Conceptual Understanding of Geology/Solid Earth Science Content part of NAGT:Geoscience Education Research:Community Framework for GER:Conceptual Understanding - Solid Earth
Download a pdf of this chapterEric J. Pyle, James Madison University; Andy Darling, Colorado State University; Zo Kreager, Northern Illinois University; and Susan Howes Conrad, Dutchess Community College ...

Lithologic/Memoir Rubric for Field Activities part of Geoscience in the Field:Assessment Tools
This is a scoring rubric that has been used over the last two years in the JMU field course. It specifically targets student performance in knowledge, skills, and dispositions as expressed in their written ...

Developing and Implementing Program Assessment part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Afternoon Workshops
It can be said that if one does not like assessment and evaluation, then education is a poor choice of career. "Assessment" and "evaluation" tend to be used interchangeably, but they have very ...

Theme Group 2: Earth Science for Secondary Teachers - Systems and Models part of Teacher Preparation:Workshops and Activities:Workshop 2007
Group Members Eric Pyle, History and Philosophy of the Geosciences James Ebert, Laboratory Techniques in Earth Science William Slattery, Earth Systems Jill Singer, Oceanography Sandra Rutherford, Methods for ...


Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Eastern Section, Teacher Education Division

Workshop Leader

Workshop Participant (13 workshops)

Webinar Participant