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Geoscience Research and Education: University Teaching

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Geoscience Research and Outreach: Schools and Public Engagement

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An Introduction to Historical Perspectives on and Modern Approaches to Field Geology Education

Discusses historical context of geosciences field work in the past to the current state. This is an introduction to a group of special papers that outlines the current trends taking place within geoscience disciplines. 

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:25pm

Impact of inclusive field trips

The geosciences benefit from diverse student perspectives and backgrounds, but the field-based learning requirements pose barriers to students with disabilities. If carefully designed, fieldwork can be made accessible while still meeting expectations of academic rigour.

This page last updated 20 May 2019 - 3:17pm

Geobiological opportunities to learn at U.S. fossil parks

Unlike other informal sites, fossil parks provide visitors collecting opportunities that result in ownership of a small number of fossils. In 2003, we investigated the first three identified U.S. fossil parks at Hamburg, New York; Sylvania, Ohio; and Rock- ford, Iowa. Case study analyses determined the opportunities to learn geobiology at each site. Data collection proceeded through lived learning experiences, and included field notes, photographic records, informal conversations with park participants, brochures, and on-site signage.

This page last updated 19 May 2019 - 4:24pm

Theoretical perspectives on constructing experience through alternative field-based learning environments for students with mobility impairments

Students with physical disabilities encounter challenges in any scientific discipline, yet the geosciences have extremely low participation levels for persons with dis- abilities. Because of the emphasis placed on field research at the undergraduate level, persons with mobility impairments face limited opportunities for progressing in the geosciences. One strategy to address this is the application of adaptive technologies, such as virtual field trips (VFTs), as a supplement to traditional field instruction.

This page last updated 19 May 2019 - 4:19pm

Geoscientists’ perceptions of the value of undergraduate field education

Learning in “the field” has long held a prominent role in the education of geoscientists. Despite the expense, time, and liability risks associated with fieldwork, field experiences are widely perceived as integral to both learning and professional prepara- tion. Yet, to date, little research has addressed questions of what types of field experiences are valuable and what outcomes are desired.

This page last updated 19 May 2019 - 4:08pm

A Field-Based Approach To Teach Geoscience: A Study With Secondary Students

Many geoscience fieldworks are not aligned with the curriculum contents reflecting the need to develop more research related to the outdoor learning environment. The purpose of the study was to verify if a fieldwork organized in accordance with Orion’s model (1993), could be assumed as an integral part of formal school science curricula. A fieldwork has been carried with a sample of 115 secondary science students from a rural school in Portugal. A mixed research method was carried out.

This page last updated 19 May 2019 - 3:14pm

Education and Training of Geologists; Is Field Camp Still Relevant?

This article summarizes the discussion that has developed over the last six months within the AIPG group on LinkedIn.com1 about field camp and whether undergraduate (summertime) field training is still necessary for basic qualification as a geologist. As you will see in the following, several interesting and relevant sub-discussions also started, and the conversations occasionally veered in somewhat unexpected directions. Some strong opinions were expressed (including by the undersigned), but in every case the postings were friendly and constructive

This page last updated 19 May 2019 - 3:01pm

Conceptual Understanding of Geological Concepts by Students With Visual Impairements

Eighteen middle and high school students with visual impairments participated in a weeklong field-based geology summer camp. This paper reports the curriculum, strategies, and what the students learned about Earth science by climbing in and out of caves, collecting fossils, exploring a bog, and interacting with experts in the field. Students were encouraged to be active learners outside of their normal comfort zone to develop understandings about geology through reading the landscape.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:41pm

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