Bilingual science communication: A call for a geoscience community of practice

This commentary examines the use of Spanish-English bilingual geosciences communication within the United States as a way to broaden information about the discipline and inspire youth to develop a passion for STEM careers.

This page last updated 15 Sep 2019 - 2:04pm

Innovation and Obsolescence in Geoscience Field Courses: Past Experiences and Proposals for the Future

This article presents an assessment of a field camp experience that focuses on a more relevant curriculum for the students being served today. These efforts are being made to impact the declining numbers of students interested in geoscience majors. 

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:29pm

NSF-OEDG Manoomin Science Camp Project: A Model for Engaging American Indian Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This is a case study of an NSF funded program to increase participation in STEM and geosciences for American Indian students. Culturally relevant practices were utilized such as the Circle of learning, a conceptual framework that emphasizes trust and relationship building between researchers, teachers, students and American Indian community members. 

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

Effectiveness of Geosciences Exploration Summer Program (GeoX) for Increasing Awareness and Knowledge of Geosciences

Researchers participated in a week long field experience for high school students to increase the pipeline of diverse students into the geosciences major.  Surveys were conducted with students and their parents to understand what the participants had learned about geosciences. About 56% of respondents indicated an interest in majoring in the geosciences. Findings indicate that early exposure to the geosciences increases interest in the major.

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:26pm

Nurturing Diversity in STEM Fields Through Geography: The Past, the Present and the Future

The authors discus the role geographic perspectives can play in creating access for participation in STEM. A case study highlighted in the article presents practical initiatives such as job and career networking,  as an avenue for nurturing diversity and encouraging instructors to present spatial intelligence, visual analytics, mapping and critical thinking through creative and narrative stories.  Additionally connections are made between classroom learning and real-world applications of science theories. 

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:27pm

Ethnographic methods in analysis of place-based geoscience curriculum and pedagogy

Place-based education is locally situated, experiential, and transdisciplinary. It is informed not only by scientific knowledge of places and regions, but also by the humanistic meanings and affective attachments (senses of place) that people affix to them. Enhanced sense of place is an authentic learning outcome of place-based teaching. Qualitative analyses of a student’s behavior and attitudes in a place-based learning context can be used to triangulate instrument-driven psychometry of pre- to postexperience changes in sense of place and content knowledge.

This page last updated 20 May 2019 - 3:08pm

Macrosystem Analysis of Programs and Strategies to Increase Underrepresented Populations in the Geosciences

Meeting the future demand for a qualified geoscience workforce will require efforts to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of an increasingly diverse student body. Doing this successfully requires renewed attention to the needs and characteristics of underrepresented students, which include ethnic and cultural minorities, women, and students with disabilities. We synthesize the current literature on successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) diversity programs and programs in the geosciences specifically through the lens of educational macrosystems.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:45pm

Introductory geosciences at the two-year college: Factors that influence student transfer intent with geoscience degree aspirations

The geosciences continue to lag behind the other sciences in both diversity and degree completion rates of students transferring from two-year colleges (2YCs). Critical to strengthening the transfer student pipeline is the need to identify who takes introductory geosciences courses at the 2YC level and what factors contribute to increased 2YC student transfer intent for those interested in pursuing geoscience degrees.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:43pm

A Decade of Lessons Learned

We describe our efforts at building programs in Earth and space science over the past decade at four Minority Institutions, Medgar Evers College, Norfolk State University, South Carolina State University and the University of Houston-Downtown. We present our institutional models of success and programmatic outcomes as well as barriers to success and lessons learned. The unique path to success for each school is described, along with experiences common among all four.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:38pm

Choosing the Geoscience Major: Important Factors, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender

Geoscience faces dual recruiting challenges: a pending workforce shortage and a lack of diversity. Already suffering from low visibility, geoscience does not resemble the makeup of the general population in terms of either race/ethnicity or gender and is among the least diverse of all science, technology, engineering, and math fields in the U.S. Many studies discuss recruiting and diversity issues in science and math, but only a small number consider—and address quantitatively—barriers in geoscience.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:22pm


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