Criteria of Excellence for Geological Inquiry: The Necessity of Ambiguity
Charles R. Jr. Ault 1998 Journal of Research in Science Teaching v. 35, no. 2, p. 189-212
Reports on the application of Gowin's epistemology to examples from geological inquiry which yield criteria of excellence specific to the demands characteristic of geological problems. Supporting this approach is a case study about how geologists apply analogies. Ault also discusses the implications of these criteria for teaching inquiry in the classroom, and how inquiry in the geosciences differs from inquiry in other sciences.