Social Learning Theories—An Important Design Consideration for Geoscience Fieldwork

The nature of field trips in geoscience lends them to the application of social learning theories for three key reasons. First, they provide opportunity for meaningful practical experience and promote effective learning afforded by no other educational vehicle in the subject. Second, they are integral for students creating a strong but changing sense of identity from student, to geoscience student, to practicing professional geoscientist.

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Raising Scholastic Achievement in Minority- reached Classes Through Earth Systems Teaching

This article studies the effect of an Earth systems Science for All program intervention. This intervention was aimed at cultivating a sense of success and developing cognitive skills among students in classes with a dominant number of students from Ethiopian origin who are characterized by a low scholastic achievement level. The effect the earth systems approach curriculum was studied through a mix of quantitative and qualitative research tools.

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Authentic research in an introductory geology laboratory and student reflections: Impact on nature of science understanding and science self- efficacy

This study examines the effects of an extended authentic research experience on students’ understanding of the nature of science (NOS) and self-efficacy toward science. The curriculum of an introductory physical geology lab was transformed to include a six-week, student-driven research project focused on local groundwater and surface water issues.

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Predicting Performance in an Advanced Undergraduate Geological Field Camp Experience

This study examined the factors that contribute to students’ success in conducting geological field work. Undergraduate students (n = 49; 51% female; mean age = 22 y) who were enrolled in the 5-wk State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) geology field program volunteered to participate in this study. At the beginning of the field program, students completed a series of questionnaires inquiring about their academic record and their personal attitudes and beliefs.

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Increasing Diversity in the Geosciences: Recruitment Programs and Student Self-Efficacy

Using a conceptual framework constructed around self-efficacy, this study explores specific recruitment programs that may contribute to the development of self-efficacy for students of color in the geosciences. This mixed methods study of geoscience education includes quantitative analysis of the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Science Program and qualitative analysis of the Summer Research Opportunity Program. Findings identify programmatic components that fostered self-efficacy, thus contributing to students‟ continued interest in careers in geoscience.

This page last updated 17 May 2019 - 2:11pm
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