511D. Design an Effective Field Experience
Co-sponsored by NAGT and the Geoscience Education Division of GSA
Conveners: David Mogk, Montana State University and Steven Whitmeyer, James Madison University
November 3, 2012 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Part of the '2012 GSA Short Course 4-Pack'
This workshop has already been convened. Details of the workshop activities and outcomes are posted below.
Learning in the field can be one of the most enriching experiences for our students in the Earth science curriculum. This workshop will help participants design and implement a field experience to optimize learning by your students. We define field experiences broadly to include any number of instructional activities such as exploring, collecting, monitoring, and mapping outside the classroom and in Nature. Topics that will be covered include definition of learning goals for your students and in your field setting, planning logistics, preparation of students to be ready to learn in the field, alignment of field activities with the learning goals, and assessments of learning outcomes. Workshop products will be a fully developed plan for your next class field experience, and for inclusion in the NAGT Field Guide database.
The workshop will use the page Designing Field Experiences on the Cutting Edge website as the framework for the workshop program. This online tutorial gives step-by-step advice on how to design an effective field learning experience. Topics include: 1) Background Resources, 2) Considerations of why the field environment is important (or different), 3) Setting learning goals, 4) Assessing Learning in the Field, 5) Preparing to go in the field (picking the field sites, logistics, faculty preparation, student preparation), Activity Design, Pedagogic Strategies, Use of technology in the field, Safety and Geoethics.
Resources on Teaching and Learning in the Field
- Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches, Geological Society of America Special Paper 461, Whitmeyer, Mogk and Pyle (eds). A collection of 26 essays on a wide array of field teaching approaches.
- Geoscience Field Education: A Recent Resurgence (Acrobat (PDF) 400kB Oct26 12)--Steve Whitmeyer and David Mogk, EOS, v 90 #43, p. 385.
- Teaching Geoscience Through Field Work by John Butler, GEES Subject Centre Learning and Teaching Guide
- Boyle, A. P., Maguire, S., Martin, A., Milsom, C., Nash, R., Rawlinson, S., Turner, A., Wurthmann, S. & Conchie, S., 2007. Fieldwork is good: the student perception and the affective domain. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 31, 299-317.
- Mogk, D. 2011, Get Ready, Get Set, Go... On A Field Trip, GSA Field Guides 2011, v. 24, p. 477-48, doi: 10.1130/2011.0024(23); Access the PDF Version (Acrobat (PDF) 139kB Oct15 12)
- Mogk, D. W., and Goodwin, C., 2012, Learning in the Field: Synthesis of Research on Thinking & Learning in the Geosciences, in K. Kastens and C. Manduca (eds.), Earth & Mind II: A Synthesis of Research on Thinking & Learning in the Geosciences, Geol. Soc. Amer. Sp. Paper 486. Access the PDF version (Acrobat (PDF) 1.1MB Oct15 12). This chapter also contains numerous commentaries from invited authors (e.g. Community mapping in geology education and research: How digital field methods empower student creation of accurate geologic maps (Acrobat (PDF) 4.5MB Oct26 12) by Steve Whitmeyer.
- References for Teaching in the Field: a collection of 125+ references related to teaching in the field, including articles from JGE and from cognate disciplines (ecology, geography) and from the cognitive and learning sciences.
- The evaluation of field course experiences: A framework for development, improvement, and reporting (Acrobat (PDF) 393kB Nov2 12)--Eric Pyle, in Whitmeyer, Mogk and Pyle, 2010, Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches, GSA Special Paper 461]