Kip Ault

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Teacher Education (retired)
Lewis and Clark College

Early retirement caught me by surprise--but gave me a chance to pick and choose projects and escape any more service on the Promotion and Tenure Committee.  My work began in elementary school teaching--incuding the primary grades.  Children's interest in learning science pushed me back to school in order to keep up with them, leading to Cornell and my dissertation, "Children's Concepts About Time No Barrier to Understanding the Geologic Past."  I tended to gravitate towards paleontology.  After teaching earth science at Truman State in Missouri, I joined the Sci. and Env. Ed group at Indiana University, then moved on to develop an MAT in science teaching at Lewis & Clark College.  My research work utilized task-centered interview protocols as I probed children's conceptions of time, matter, and energy.  Some attention to problem solving in geology lasted a short time, then from 1998 on I've been writing essays that draw upon the history and philosophy of science applied to teaching the earth sciences.  My Lewis & Clark program featured summer field study in the geology of central Oregon (John Day fossil beds), a Lower Columbia River environmental history class anchored to the journals of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and an exchange program with the University of Costa Rica focused on learning natural history.  I've always tried to make learning in science inviting, accessible, and useful to novices--while keeping it real.

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activity

My Geologic Address: Locating Oneself in Geologic Time and Process part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
In this exercise students find a location, such as school or home, on a series of geologic maps working from small to large scale. Map keys and map features are consulted in order to compose a "geologic address" from the most specific to the most general descriptor. Maps are selected by the instructor to represent local, regional, and global scales as well as magnetic, gravitational, and tectonic features.

Course

Oregon Field Geology SCI 675 (West) and 676 (East) and 575 (Central) part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
"Oregon Field Geology" introduces field techniques at an novice level to both teachers and undergraduate Environmental Studies majors (the College has no geology department). Featured are travel through Oregon's volcanic landforms and exploration of the fossil record in the John Day country of north central Oregon. Participants reside at field stations, immersed in the experience of solving puzzles about changing landscapes. The course is team-taught by a geoscientist and a classroom teacher.

Essay

The child as history: recapitulation goes to school part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
The child as history: recapitulation goes to school Kip Ault, Teacher Education, Lewis and Clark College As an essay to share with the participants of the "Teaching the Methods of Geoscience" I have ...


Events and Communities

Temporal Learning Journal Club

ITG Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop 2012: Presenter