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Volume 21 Issue 8 (August 2011)

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Article, pp. 26–28 | Full Text | PDF (245KB)


Revisiting the Geoscience Concept Inventory: A call to the community

J.C. Libarkin1, E.M.G. Ward1, S.W. Anderson2, G. Kortemeyer3, S.P. Raeburn4

1 Dept. of Geological Sciences, Geocognition Research Lab, Michigan State University, 206 Natural Science, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA
2 MAST Institute, University of Northern Colorado, 1210 Ross Hall, Campus Box 123, Greeley, Colorado 80639, USA
3 Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48825, USA
4 Division of Science & Mathematics Education, Michigan State University, 103 N Kedzie Lab, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA

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The use of concept inventories in science and engineering has fundamentally changed the nature of instructional assessment. Nearly a decade ago, we set out to establish a baseline for widespread and integrated assessment of entry-level geoscience courses. The result was the first Geoscience Concept Inventory (GCI v.1.0). We are now retiring GCI v.1.0 and rebuilding the GCI as a more community-based, comprehensive, and effective instrument. We are doing this in the hopes that GCI users, many of whom have expressed a need for a revised and expanded instrument, and the geoscience community at large will view it as a springboard for collaborative action and engagement. If we work together as collaborators, the geosciences have the potential to evaluate learning across our community and over time.

Manuscript received 12 Oct. 2010; accepted 29 Mar. 2011

doi: 10.1130/G110GW.1