Multiple Modes of Inquiry in Earth Science
Kim A. Kastens, Ann Rivet 2008 The Science Teacher v. 75, no. 1, p. 26-31
This article is from The Science Teacher, an NSTA publication geared towards high school science teachers. It is very useful for students in a secondary science teaching major to read, and can help them define how methods of inquiry in earth science are similar to and different from the methods used in other sciences. The authors give examples of the use of classic experimental science, observation of change over time, comparison of ancient products with active processes (modern analogues), observations of variation across space, the use of physical models, and the application of computer-based models.