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Sessions where Discipline Category = Geoscience Education

T104. Urban and Suburban Lakes: Paleorecords of Human Impacts and Opportunities for Geoscience Education
GSA Limnogeology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Amy Myrbo, Kate S. Pound
Interdisciplinary research and/or pedagogical approaches using lake sediment cores covering the historical period. Includes student projects on records of development, pollution, remediation, watershed manipulation, and aspects of geochemistry, sedimentology, ecology, hydrogeology, history, public policy, etc.
Limnogeology; Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience
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T138. Honoring Maynard M. Miller, Founder of the Juneau Icefield Research Program
Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division
P. Jay Fleisher, Guy Adema
This session honors Dr. Maynard M. Miller for his unparalleled impact on stimulating study of earth-systems science in the alpine and glacial environment and for mentoring dozens who now lead in the study of arctic sciences.
Quaternary Geology; Geoscience Education; Geomorphology
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T145. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, Outreach, and Resource Management
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
Bruce A. Heise, Tim Connors, Jason P. Kenworthy
This session addresses the role of geoscience in the National Parks. Presentations are open to geologic research, geologic mapping, paleontology, coastal geology, glacier studies, and resource management in National Parks, Monuments, Seashores, and Historic Sites.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T146. Student-Involved Research Experience in Earth-System Science: An Effective Tool for Recruitment and Retention in the Geosciences (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Council on Undergraduate Research
Nazrul I. Khandaker, Stanley Schleifer
This session will enable participating students to share their field-based earth-system science content knowledge by demonstrating research potential. Topics are wide open and may include global climate change, pollution, and natural hazards–related information.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T147. What Are Undergraduates Learning in/from Our Programs? (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Solomon A. Isiorho
Program review and information on learning outcomes are important in saving our programs.
Geoscience Education; Environmental Geoscience; History and Philosophy of Geology
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T149. Virtual Reality in Geoscience Education (Digital Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Google Inc.; Oxford University Press; Minnesota Planetarium Society
Declan G. De Paor, Steven J. Whitmeyer, John E. Bailey
Showcase your geo-visualizations using the medium of the future - the digital poster session. Presenters will hook up their own PC/Mac laptops to one of 20 flat screens.
This session covers virtual reality in formal and informal geoscience education at all levels: Google Earth, OmniGlobe, LiDAR, GigaPan, full-dome digital planetaria, caves, and resources for handheld devices, such as iPads and smart phones.
Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics; Structural Geology
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T157. Innovative Hands-on Geoscience Lab and Class Activities for use in Undergraduate Teaching
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics
Kate S. Pound, Cathryn Manduca, Lee Schmitt
This session will serve as a showcase for active, hands-on, inquiry-based activities used in undergraduate teaching. Participants are required to make their hands-on activity available for the “Hands-on Gallery.” Participants can also upload instruction materials to the SERC website.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T158. Sense of Place, Geoparks and National Parks: Strategies for Improved Earth Science Education
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
William I. Rose, Erika C. Vye, Mark F. Klawiter
This session investigates how sense of place affects our capacity to learn, drives advances in inquiry, and augments improved earth science literacy with existing National Park initiatives and the development of UNESCO Geoparks.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T159. Sense of Place, Geoparks, and National Parks: Strategies for Improved Earth Science Education (Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
William I. Rose, Erika C. Vye, Mark F. Klawiter
This session investigates how sense of place affects our capacity to learn, drives advances in inquiry, and augments improved earth science literacy with existing National Park initiatives and the development of UNESCO Geoparks.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T167. Time, Events, and Places: Understanding Temporal and Spatial Learning in Geoscience Education
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center
Thomas Shipley, Steven Semken, Carol J. Ormand
Students have trouble learning about and reasoning with large temporal and spatial scales. This session will present geoscience education and cognitive science research on spatial and temporal thinking to offer possible ways to improve learning.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
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T169. Geo-Workforce Preparation for 21st-Century Challenges
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geophysics Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Marilyn J. Suiter, Lina C. Patino, David J. Matty
This session will provide a forum for exploring geoscience programs in energy and climate change regarding student preparation for the workforce, gathering evidence of program outcomes, and sharing information about similar curricula and professional development.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy
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T170. Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century
GSA Geoscience Education Division; On the Cutting Edge
Barbara Tewksbury, Brian M. Hynek
This session focuses on effective and innovative strategies for teaching geoscience using GIS and remote sensing at the undergraduate level and for better meeting the GIS and remote sensing needs of geology students.
Geoscience Education; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
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T171. Developing the Global Geoscientist through International Geoscience Networks and Research Projects
GSA Geoscience Education Division; YES Network; American Geological Institute; Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation; GSA Geophysics Division
Leila M. Gonzales, Sophie J. Hancock
This session will focus on best practices for cultivating global geoscientists through the use of international geoscience networks and cutting-edge technologies and the development of international research projects from these international networks.
Geoscience Education
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T174. Identifying and Addressing K-16 Student Misconceptions in the Earth-Science Classroom
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Laura A. Guertin, Tanya Furman, Jason Petula, Scott McDonald
K-16 student misconceptions range from factual and conceptual misunderstandings of content to the nature/process of scientific knowledge to what scientists are like. We seek presentations that highlight research and share classroom/laboratory activities addressing these misconceptions.
Geoscience Education
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T176. Innovative Methods for Broadening Participation in the Geosciences through In-Service Teacher Professional Development
GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Geological Institute; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association
Carol Engelmann, William I. Rose, Jacqueline E. Huntoon, Mark F. Klawiter, Erika Vye, Stephen R. Mattox, Ann E. Benbow
This session presents geoscientists with innovative methods for working with K-12 teachers on campus and in the field and also provides guidance and support for planning geoscience professional development with teachers.
Geoscience Education
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T178. Reaching the Next Generation: Tales of Successful Strategies and Frustrating Challenges from Teaching Earth-Science Courses For Pre-Service Elementary Teachers
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Kyle Gray, Ann Bykerk-Kauffman
Content courses specifically designed for pre-service elementary teachers often present unique challenges for instructors. This session includes effective course designs, lessons, methodologies, and research findings on factors that improve student learning within this context.
Geoscience Education
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T179. Results from Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences (Posters)
National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics
Diana Dalbotten, Karen M. Campbell
Participants are encouaged to present results from their undergraduate research experience in the geosciences.
Geoscience Education
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T182. Teaching Geoscience Online
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Karin B. Kirk, William H. Hirt
Teaching geoscience in an online format offers a new frontier for connecting with our students. This session will provide examples of successful courses, activities, and pedagogic strategies for teaching geoscience online.
Geoscience Education
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T184. The 21st Century Geoscience Classroom: Creating Learner-Centered Environments for Undergraduates (Digital Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Candace L. Kairies Beatty, William Lee Beatty, Jennifer L. Piatek
This session focuses on the innovative ways that instructors are using technology (Google Earth, gigapixel imagery, GIS, Web 2.0 tools, etc.) to create interactive environments that promote learning through experience rather than memorization.
Geoscience Education
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T206. STEMming the Tide: How Can We Promote Science Literacy?
GSA Geology and Society Division; American Geological Institute; American Geophysical Union; Geology and Public Policy Committee; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; American Association of State Geologists; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
J.E. Fryxell, David W. Szymanski, James F. Davis
As geoscientists, we need to make communicating with the public a high priority to improve how scientific concepts and constraints are incorporated into wise education and policies to help America to thrive in coming years.
Public Policy; Environmental Geoscience; Geoscience Education
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T211. 30+ Years of Teaching about Planetary Geology: Past Lessons Learned and Future Possibilities
GSA Planetary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Jayne C. Aubele, Eric J. Pyle
We encourage abstracts that analyze past, present, and potential future teaching of planetary geology through textbooks, curriculum, and lab exercises at the university, K-12, and informal science education levels for science and non-science students.
Planetary Geology; Geoscience Education
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