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T30 top Large Intro Courses That Work: Sharing Exciting and Effective Teaching Strategies (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Eric Butler, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT; Paul Bierman, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Large introductory geoscience courses are a challenge for faculty who wish to make such courses as interesting, relevant, and useful to students as possible. Participants will draw on personal experience and/or educational research to present innovative, effective ways to make large geoscience classes stimulating and worthwhile for students. POSTER
Geoscience Education
T31 top Subliminal and Intentional Outreach: Educating the General Public about Geological Sciences Through Novels, Film, TV, and Other Public Media
GSA Geoscience Education Division, National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Bonnie A.B. Blackwell, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
This session will explore how authors and scriptwriters who write major works involving geologists or geological topics, and the people who aid them, research and develop their geological theme. ORAL
Geoscience Education
T32 top Using Data to Teach Earth Processes: An Illustrated Community Discussion (Posters). Special Session in Support of the NAGT/DLESE "On the Cutting Edge" Program
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
David W. Mogk, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT; Cathryn A. Manduca, Carleton College
Presentations will demonstrate effective use of geoscience data in a variety of instructional settings. All contributions will present learning goals, choice of datasets, tools for accessing and rendering data, evaluation strategies, and example outcome. Those submitting abstracts to this session will have the one-abstract rule waived and will be asked to use a common poster format and to post their work at the "On the Cutting Edge" Web site for broad dissemination. For more information, see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/. POSTER
Geoscience Education
T33 top Beyond Google: Strategies for Developing Information-Literate Geoscience Students (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
R. Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Barbara J. DeFelice, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Karen K. Berquist, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Information literacy includes both critical assessment and familiarity with resources in many formats, and is a key skill for success in many fields. Geoscience information professionals and faculty share ideas, assignments, instructional approaches, and tools for developing information literacy skills through a course or a curriculum. POSTER
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T34 top Building the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE): New Opportunities for Collaboration
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Ed Geary, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; Rajul Pandya, DLESE Program Center, Boulder, CO
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a community-led effort that provides access to high-quality digital resources about Earth. This session will describe library development and highlight opportunities for collaboration. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T35 top Geoscience Innovation Fostering the Achievement of All Students: Curriculum and Pedagogy Methods Reform, Universal Design Principles, and Applications
GSA Geoscience Education Division; Council of Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Wendi J.W. Williams, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR; Roderic Brame, Wright State University, Dayton, OH; Pranoti M. Asher, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Most postsecondary schools require completion of laboratory science core courses. This session will bring together geoscientists to explore K-20 curriculum and adaptations through applying universal design principles that make science learning more equitable for all students. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T36 top Overcoming Obstacles to Incorporating Experiential Learning into the Undergraduate Geoscience Curriculum
Robert C. Thomas, University of Montana-Western, Dillon, MT; Sheila M. Roberts
This session will focus on how professors are overcoming obstacles to incorporating experiential learning into the geoscience curriculum. Obstacles may include scheduling, funding, legal issues, student culture, land access, student disabilities, community attitudes, and others. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T37 top Teaching Local Geology: A NAGT Session In Honor of Robert Christman
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Andrew Buddington, Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA; Rob Viens, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
The session invites earth science instructors to present teaching techniques and methods that highlight local geology and geologic history and supplement the broader approach taken by introductory geology textbooks. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T38 top Volunteering in K-12 Settings
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Elizabeth Wright, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; William Slattery, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Most of us are asked occasionally to share our expertise with a K-12 teacher, student, or class in the form of class presentations, field trips, tutoring, judging science fairs, or other activities. We welcome examples of creative volunteer activities and programs that engage K-12 teachers and/or students and that may be exported to other venues. ORAL
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T39 top History and Future of the Relationship Between the Geosciences and Religion: Litigation, Education, Reconciliation?
John F. Bratton, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA
Do you have experience in the evolution-creation wars? This session will examine how they started, major battles, and what hope there is for peace in the near future. Presentations by scientists (religious or not), educators, historians, and theologians are welcome. ORAL and POSTER
Geoscience Education; History of Geology; Paleontology/Paleobotany
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