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NAGT Activities at 2011 GSA Annual Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of symposia and sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting held in Minneapolis, MN, October 9 - October 12, 2011. Please submit an abstract and plan to attend the following sessions highlighting key issues of importance to geoscience educators at all levels. You can also come by the NAGT booth to meet officers and other NAGT members and to learn more about you can be involved in your organization.

Information about Events, Receptions, and Organizational Business will be posted here as it becomes available. Be sure to check back here often!

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Meetings and Receptions

Dates and times for business meetings and receptions have been tentatively scheduled as follows. Location information will be posted as it becomes available. Be sure to check back soon for confirmation of times and locations.

Workshops Early Registration Deadline: September 6, 2011

To sign up for a workshop, use the GSA meeting registration. You can add a short course to your meeting registration or attend a workshop as a stand-alone event without registering for the whole meeting.

Early registration ends on 6 September. After that date, course prices go up by $30. This is to encourage registrants to sign up prior to this date to ensure course viability. See the GSA Short Courses web page for further details and a complete list of all GSA short courses.

507. Preparing for the Tenure Process.
Fri., 7 Oct., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $20; includes a light dinner. Limit: 35. CEU: 0.3.
Cosponsors: On the Cutting Edge, GSA Geoscience Education Division.
Kristen St. John, James Madison University; R. Mark Leckie, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Abstract: This evening workshop is designed to help tenure-track geoscience faculty prepare for the tenure process and make their strongest case for tenure. Workshop discussions and activities will focus on analyses of CVs, personal statements (narratives), and teaching materials that may be used as supporting documentation in tenure applications. Participants will have the opportunity to gain feedback and advice on their own preparation towards tenure. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to review several examples of successful geoscience tenure packages from range of institutions.

516. Teaching about Earth's Climate History.
Sat., 8 Oct., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. $50; includes continental breakfast and lunch. Limit: 35. CEU: 0.9.
Cosponsors: National Science Foundation; Wiley Blackwell Publishers; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division.
Kristen St. John, James Madison Univ.; R. Mark Leckie, Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst; Kate Pound, St. Cloud State Univ.; Megan Jones, North Hennepin Community College; Larry Krissek, Ohio State Univ.

This one-day short course is designed for faculty teaching undergraduate geoscience courses in climate change, oceanography, and historical geology. Data-rich inquiry-based exercises introduced in the short course are classroom tested and are anchored in scientific ocean drilling research (IODP, ANDRILL). Topics to be explored include marine sediments, age determination, stable isotope proxies, Cenozoic climate change, climate cycles, polar climates, and abrupt warming and cooling events. Workshop participants will receive an in-press copy of the new inquiry-based exercise manual Reconstructing Earth's Climate History (Wiley-Blackwell).

519: This set of workshops is being cosponsored by NAGT and the Geoscience Education Division of GSA. The registration fee for one workshop is $35, but you can sign up for a morning (519A or 519B) and an afternoon (519C or 519D) and still pay only $35 to register for both.

Note that the registration for these workshops is separate from the other short courses on the GSA registration form. Look for it at the bottom of the page, below the other short course listings.

519A. Teaching Students How to Learn. (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 16MB Oct8 11) Sat, 8 Oct., 8 a.m.- noon. $35 for one course—or get two-for-one! —$35 for combined courses (add 519C or 519D); includes lunch. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota; Karl Wirth, Macalester College.

Abstract: One of the key goals of a college education is to help students become better learners, but this goal is often overlooked when planning class curriculum and activities. Many studies have shown that the way we teach, and other interactions we have with students, have a significant and controlling impact on student attitudes and motivations. Additionally, what we do in the classroom can help students develop improved (self-regulated) learning skills. These good attitudes, motivations and learning skills will continue to aid students after they leave our classrooms – as they continue with their academic career and life afterwards. In recent years, a number of energetic and innovative teachers have taken steps to improve the attitudes, motivations and learning skills of their students. Innovations in the classroom have been many and diverse, and a broad range of interventions have been shown to improve students' ability to be self-regulated learners. This session will include general discussion of the importance of helping students develop the attitudes and motivations (and other affective characteristics) necessary to become expert learners. We will discuss the significance of the affective domain, metacognition, and self-regulated learning skills, and also will provide many examples of effective classroom activities that have been shown to promote better learning skills in general (e.g., knowledge surveys, learning portfolios, self-reflective essays, mastery exercises, exam wrappers, and more).

519B. Teaching Climate Science with Active Learning Strategies. Sat, 8 Oct., 8 a.m.- noon. $35 for one course—or get two-for-one! —$35 for combined courses (add 519C or 519D); includes lunch. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center; Susan Buhr, CIRES

Abstract: Climate science is a hot topic in today's classrooms, but understanding the science can be clouded by misconceptions, affective roadblocks, and political concerns. One important strategy for improving student understanding of controversial or misunderstood topics is to use active learning methods by which students can become immersed in the issue. This half-day workshop will provide opportunities to learn specific techniques for teaching climate science, such as using datasets, Google Earth, case studies, and interactive classroom projects. Participants will have hands-on time using various tactics and will emerge with a set of resources that they can apply to their own classrooms.

519C. Retooling Your Geosciences Class: Strategies to Assess Learning and Improve Student Success. Sat, 8 Oct., 1-5 p.m. $35 for one course—or get two-for-one! —$35 for combined courses (add 519A or 519B); includes lunch. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers(NAGT).
David McConnell, North Carolina State University; David Steer, University of Akron

Abstract: This workshop teaches faculty to develop and use student-centered activities in predominately lecture classes in the geosciences. Many faculty are interested in such methods, but do not know how or where to begin. This half-day workshop will introduce faculty to a schema for developing formative assessment materials. Faculty will work in teams developing and reviewing exercises they can then use in their classes to gauge student levels of learning. Numerous examples will be discussed as will resources available on the Cutting Edge website. Participants will leave the workshop with the pedagogical foundation and in-class formative assessment resources they need to better engage their students and improve their learning.

519D. Teaching with Google Earth. Sat, 8 Oct., 1-5 p.m. $35 for one course—or get two-for-one! —$35 for combined courses (add 519A or 519B); includes lunch. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).
Peter Selkin, University of Washington Tacoma; Declan De Paor, Old Dominion University.

Abstract: Google Earth, an easy to use tool for presenting data on a three-dimensional model of the Earth, is taking geoscience education by storm. This 1/2 day workshop will provide an introduction to Google Earth and highlight a wide variety of examples of its use in introductory geoscience courses. Discussion will focus on tips and strategies for using Google Earth to engage students with geoscience data.

524. Funding Opportunities for Two-Year College Faculty: Possibilities, Challenges, and Successes.
Sat., 8 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
$15; includes a light snack. Limit: 50. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsor: National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Eric Baer, Highline Community College; Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary.

Abstract:This workshop will provide a venue for discussion with program officers, successful award recipients, and community/two-year-college faculty to share examples of the range of possibilities in NSF-funded projects involving two-year college faculty, discuss strategies and challenges in writing and execution of federally-funded projects, discuss suggestions for writing successful proposals, read successful proposals and consider issues raised by two-year college faculty who are interested in garnering external funds for their work. Particular focus will include overcoming institutional barriers and ideas on managing workloads to be successful in both proposal preparation and project execution.


528. Common Misconceptions about Plate Tectonics, Earth's Interior, and the Rock Cycle, with Active Learning Approaches to Correct Them.
Sun., 9 Oct., 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
$20; includes continental breakfast. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsors: GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Scott Clark, Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island; Jessica Smay, San José City College.

Abstract:Students come to college with different conceptions about plate tectonics, Earth's interior, and the rock cycle. Many of these students, including geoscience majors, will graduate with some of their alternative conceptions still intact. This short course is targeted at college-level and high-school instructors who are interested in learning about (1) the alternative conceptions students hold regarding plate tectonics, Earth's interior, and the rock cycle; (2) what we, as instructors, may unintentionally be doing to contribute to the acceptance of alternative conceptions; and (3) active learning approaches that instructors can use to challenge and correct alternative conceptions.

529. Hands-on, Inquiry-Based Activities in Earth Sciences: Workshop for Middle- and High-School Teachers
Sun., 9 Oct., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
$20; includes continental breakfast and lunch. Limit: 25. CEU: 0.9.
Cosponsors: National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics.
Lee Schmitt, Hamline Univ.; Katherine Pound, St. Cloud State Univ.; Karen Campbell, National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics.

Abstract:This workshop integrates the pedagogy of inquiry-based learning with innovative hands-on geoscience activities. You will begin with a facilitated review and sharing of inquiry-based teaching strategies. This will be followed by participation in the Innovative Hands-On Geoscience Lab and Class Activities conference session with Hands-on Gallery. Together we will develop plans for integrating at least one new activity and teaching strategy into your own teaching.
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Field Trips

There are a number of fantastic field trip opportunities being planned for the 2011 Annual Meeting. Two of these opportunities are being sponsored by NAGT. To see descriptions of all the others, see the Field Trips information page on the Annual Meeting website.

Pedagogical Strategies for Introductory Geology Field Trips Through an Examination of the Mississippi River Valley in the Twin Cities
Leaders: Kate Pound, Karen Campbell, Lee Schmitt
October 7, 2011: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Sponsor: National Association for Geoscience Teachers
Maximum Number of Participants 50
Description: In this field trip participants will evaluate geologic/geomorphic evidence for the history of retreat of St. Anthony Falls through examination of the landscape and examination of classic portions of the Paleozoic bedrock stratigraphy in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro area. A variety of pedagogies will be used in order to stimulate discussions about approaches and problems associated with teaching Introductory-level students in the field. This field trip is part of a sequence of field trips in which participants visit classic Minnesota localities. Each trip is structured around the use and application of a variety of pedagogical styles in the field. This suite of trips aims to engage participants in discussions about teaching and learning geosciences in the field in situations that range from large introductory classes to more advanced classes. Additional Comments: This field trip is part of a sequence of field trips in which participants visit classic Minnesota localities. Each trip is structured around the use and application of a variety of pedagogical styles in the field. This suite of trips aims to engage participants in discussions about teaching and learning geosciences in the field in situations that range from large introductory classes to more advanced classes.

An Excursion to the Classic Bedrock Localities of Northern Minnesota With a Focus on Teaching and Learning in the Field
Leaders: Karl Wirth, Dexter Perkins, Alison Stokes
8:00AM October 6, 2011 - 6:00PM October 7, 2011
Sponsor: National Association for Geoscience Teachers
Maximum Number of Participants: 24
Description: The goal of this two-day field trip is to explore the opportunities and challenges of teaching geology in the field. The trip will use several classic bedrock localities within the scenic Lake Superior region of the Mesoproterozoic Midcontinent Rift of foster discussions about pedagogies that can be used for teaching students in the field. Extended visits to a world-class turbidite sequence, layered igneous intrusions, and well- preserved volcanic and sedimentary sequences will provide participants opportunities to experience learning geology as a student, and to explore new ways to improve student learning in the field.

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Topical Sessions Abstract Deadline - July 26, 2011

These educational sessions are sponsored in part by NAGT. For a full listing of the educational sessions at the meeting check out the GSA website or see below.

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
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
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
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
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
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. PLEASE CONTACT THE SESSION CHAIRS BEFORE SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT TO THIS SESSION.
Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics; Structural Geology
T150. Teaching about Hazards in the Geoscience Classroom
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
John R. McDaris
Natural and environmental hazards are opportunities to get students interested in geoscience topics. This session encourages educators to share successful strategies for addressing both the geoscience content and the societal factors involved.
Geoscience Education; Geology and Health; Environmental Geoscience
T151. Engaging Early-Career Geoscientists and Geoscience Students in Outreach Activities
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; YES Network; American Geological Institute
Mary Seid, Tiffany A. Rivera
This session focuses on best practices for engaging geoscience students and early-career geoscientists in community outreach programs by demonstrating various field, lab, and digital activities that allow for the communication and promotion of the geosciences.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Geochemistry
T152. The Growing Role of Adjunct Faculty in the Earth Sciences
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Sue Ann Finstick, Gwyneth Jones
The number of part-time, nontenurable faculty on campuses across the United States continues to increase. We encourage speakers who will explore the problems and potential solutions that arise as a result of the increase in contingent faculty.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; History and Philosophy of Geology
T153. Effective Practices for Broader Impacts in K-12: How to Share Your Research and Make Meaningful Contributions
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Nicole LaDue, Heather Pacheco
Presentations by K-12 educators, scientists, and outreach specialists will provide techniques for effectively reaching K-12 audiences. Presenters should provide examples of strong partnerships with K-12 educators that ensure that high-quality geoscience reaches K-12 students.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T157. Innovative Hands-on Geoscience Lab and Class Activities for use in Undergraduate Teaching (Posters)
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 instructional materials to the SERC website.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
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
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
T160. Stories of Place: Place-Based Research Projects as a Vehicle for Geoscience Education and Service Learning
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Council on Undergraduate Research
Sadredin C. Moosavi
This session seeks to highlight and share those classroom techniques, field methods, research projects, and service learning programs that use student knowledge and interest in specific places as a mechanism for broader geoscience education.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T161. The Transition from Student to Investigator: Promising Classroom Strategies and Best Educational Practices
Council on Undergraduate Research; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Jeffrey Ryan, Elizabeth A. Heise
A critical change we seek in students is a shift in mindset from directed learning to that of an investigator. This session highlights successful strategies and best classroom practices for helping students become geoscience researchers.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T162. Increasing Accessible Opportunities in the Geosciences for Students with Disabilities: Current Research and Best Practices
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Earth Science Teachers Association; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee; International Advisory for Geoscience Diversity
Christopher Atchison, Sharon Locke
Geoscience educators and students are encouraged to disseminate research findings and experiences in making geoscience curriculum accessible for physically disabled participants. This session will also promote awareness of the need to increase accessibility in the geosciences.
Geoscience Education; History and Philosophy of Geology
T164. Challenges and Successes in Involving Undergraduates in Research on Climate Change and Energy Resources
Council on Undergraduate Research; GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Anne E. Egger, Christopher S. Kim
This session will highlight challenges, successful strategies, and rewards for engaging undergraduate students in research on naturally interdisciplinary and often controversial topics that have immediate social relevance, particularly climate change and energy resources.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
T165. Geoscience for All: Strategies for Effectively Teaching a Broad Student Population: Lessons Learned from Two-Year Colleges and Other Open-Door and Diverse Institutions
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Eric M.D. Baer, Joy M. Branlund, Robert H. Blodgett
Teaching students with a wide range of backgrounds is critical at all institutions, but especially open-admission schools like community colleges. This session will focus on successful models for teaching and supporting all geoscience students.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
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
T168. Overcoming Threats to Earth and Space Science Instruction at K-12 Levels
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Earth Science Teachers Association; American Geological Institute
Jacqueline E. Huntoon, Carol A. Engelmann
This session will focus on some of the factors that influence whether earth science is taught in K-12 classrooms, with emphasis on issues that are not directly related to the earth-science "content."
Geoscience Education; Public Policy
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
T172. Geocognition Research in Classroom, Laboratory, and Informal Environments
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Sheldon P. Turner
This session focuses on empirical research in cognition and learning sciences applied to the geosciences in laboratory, classroom, and informal environments, including visualization, problem solving, conceptual understanding, and the nature of expertise.
Geoscience Education
T173. Geocognition Research in Field-Based Environments
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Eric M. Riggs
This session focuses on empirical research in cognition and learning sciences applied to the geosciences in field environments, including navigation, decision making and problem solving, visualization, and the nature of expertise.
Geoscience Education
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
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
T177. Place-Based Education, Traditional Knowledge, and Research on Tribal Lands: Special Considerations for Collaborating with Native Communities on Geoscience Research (Posters)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics; LacCore/Limnological Research Center; University of Minnesota
Holly Pellerin, Amy Myrbo, Lowana Greensky, Diana Dalbotten, Emi Ito
This session highlights projects that incorporate traditional knowledge, successful collaboration on research in the geosciences on Native lands, and excellent examples of place-based education in action.
Geoscience Education
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
T180. Solitary Geoscience Faculty: Collaborating Outside Our Programs
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Kyle C. Fredrick, Abigail M.S. Domagall, Janis D. Treworgy
Solitary geoscience faculty collaborate with departments and institutions outside their program through doing research with undergraduates. If you are one of these faculty, collaborators, or students, consider sharing the successes and challenges of your experience.
Geoscience Education
T181. Teaching and Learning in the Field: Helping Students to "Read the Record" and "Tell the Story of Earth"
GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
David W. Mogk, J.W. Geissman, Christopher Bailey, Miriam Barquero-Molina
This session will focus on the instructional strategies, methods, and assessments that can be used to effectively support teaching and learning in the field at all instructional levels to help students to think as geoscientists.
Geoscience Education
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
T183. Teaching Students to Learn
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Dexter Perkins, Karl Wirth
This session will include general discussion of the importance of helping students develop metacognitive and self-regulated learning skills and also will include examples of effective classroom activities that promote better learning skills in general.
Geoscience Education
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
T185. Truth in Advertising: Do Students Gain Conceptual Awareness of Science in General Education Curricula?
National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Edward Nuhfer, Julie Libarkin
Students in required general or liberal education courses constitute the largest group of geoscience students. The requirement exists to produce science literacy, but does such learning occur? How do we know?
Geoscience Education
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 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
T208. Developing Resource Policies Informed by Geoscience: Applications from the Classroom to the Capitol
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Michael A. Phillips, David W. Szymanski
As we enter the Anthropocene, we face the depletion of many important resources. This session will explore ways to ensure the geologic perspective on resource use and depletion is included in coursework and in policy making.
Public Policy; Geoscience Education; Economic Geology
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Other Geoscience Education Sessions

T91. Geology in the National Forests and Grasslands: Stewardship, Education, and Research
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; USDA Forest Service; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Michael A. Crump, Christopher P. Carlson
This session will explore aspects of geological science conducted on National Forests and Grasslands. Topics include paleontology, cave and karst geology, engineering geology and natural-hazard mitigation, hydrogeology, interpretive and recreational geology, geo-ecology, and more.
Hydrogeology; Geomorphology; Geoscience Education
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
T145. Geology in the National Parks: Research, Mapping, Outreach, and Resource Management
GSA Geophysics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA 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
T148. Geophotography across the Spectrum
J.F. Magloughlin, Brent H. Breithaupt, Neffra A. Matthews
Imaging of geologic features and processes is a core geosciences skill. This session focuses on use of and best practices involving photographic, stereoscopic, and specialized imaging techniques applied to natural and artificial features and processes.
Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System
T154. Implementation and Assessment of Interactive Strategies in Earth and Space Science Courses
Leilani Arthurs, Sarah Bean Sherman
Classroom, laboratory, and field-based earth and space science education research and data provide insights into the effectiveness of interactive strategies at improving earth and space science literacy throughout the educational pipeline.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication; Public Policy
T155. Broadening Participation in the Geosciences (Posters)
National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics
Diana Dalbotten, Antony R. Berthelote, Amy Myrbo
This session covers barriers and solutions for broadening participation in the geosciences.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T156. Engaging Minority Undergraduate Students in the Geosciences
Lisa Majkowski, Michael J. Pullin
The geosciences award the lowest percentage of degrees to STEM underrepresented minorities. This session will present information on programs that successfully recruit and engage minority undergraduate students to the geosciences.
Geoscience Education; Geoscience Information/Communication
T163. International Field Trips: Introducing Students to the Rocks of the World (Posters)
Richard Diecchio, Stanley Williams, David G. Bailey
This session will highlight the itineraries, logistics, activities, and geology of international field trips so others may learn how these trips can be organized for their own students.
Geoscience Education; Archaeological Geology
T166. Geoscientists Without Borders®: A Model for the Development Programs That Apply Geoscience to Humanitarian Needs
GSA Engineering Geology Division; YES Network; American Geological Institute; Society of Economic Geologists; Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation
Leila M. Gonzales, Sophie J. Hancock, William Barkhouse
This session will highlight the Geoscientists Without Borders® program and its associated projects, including the logistics of establishing projects and the impact the program and projects have made. The session will be broadcast via Web-cast.
Geoscience Education; Public Policy; Geoscience Information/Communication
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
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
T175. Innovative Approaches to Enhancing the Earth Science Competence and Confidence of Elementary Teachers
National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics; National Center for STEM Elementary Education
Karen M. Campbell
Young children display great curiosity about their world, yet elementary teachers often lack sufficient science background to confidently teach earth science. This session explores innovative approaches to supporting earth science in the elementary curriculum.
Geoscience Education
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
T186. Registration and Discovery of Geoscience Information Resources: Metadata, Search, and Catalogs
GSA Geoinformatics Division; Geoscience Information Society
Stephen M. Richard, Rusty Kimball
The proliferation of online data increases the need for more effective methods to register and discover resources on the Web. This session will include papers on the description and discovery of geoscience information resources.
Geoscience Information/Communication; Geoinformatics; Geoscience Education
T205. Combat Geology: Safeguarding Geologists in the Field
U.S. Geological Survey; Association of American State Geologists
M. Lee Allison, Kathleen M. Johnson
How can we best protect geologists who routinely put their lives at risk working in remote frontier areas and regions of active armed conflict under conditions of "combat geology"?
Public Policy; Economic Geology; Geoscience Education
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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