Why Some Students Have Trouble with Maps and Spatial Representations: An On-line Tutorial for Geoscience Faculty

Kim Kastens, Toru Ishikawa, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

This resource can assist college faculty in teaching effective use of maps and spatial representations. The site consists of a self-guided, interactive tutorial that leads Geoscience Faculty through issues and considerations about spatial thinking. The tutorial is designed to capture some of the results of cognitive studies of spatial thinking and cast them into terms that are relevant and accessible to geoscience educators.

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Subject: Education:Assessment, Education, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology
Resource Type: Assessments, Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary, Audio/Visual:Maps
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural GeologyKeywords: pattern recognition, folding, strata, surface area, volume, orientation, strike and dip, perspective