Monday, April 26, 2010, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Department of Geological Sciences
Geoscience Education Research (GER) is an emerging interdisciplinary field. It is largely aimed at understanding how students think and learn about the earth sciences and at directly applying these findings in programmatic and curricular ways. For example findings about student thinking are applied to (i) develop and use assessment instruments to measure both student learning gains and student attitudes about the geosciences and to (ii) design and evaluate instructional interventions that facilitate improved student learning. Three broad categories of student alternative conceptions and cognitive models dealing with rocks, density and convection, and groundwater will be presented. Current challenges and directions within the field of GER will also be discussed.