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TheĀ Geoscience Education Research and Geocognition Research occurring in the Geocognition Research Lab focuses on questions related to how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about the planet.

Geocognition is an umbrella term that encompasses research that considers the affective, behavioral, and cognitive domains of learning that intersect Earth System Science. This field considers how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about the Earth in diverse settings from museums to classrooms to everyday life. Alternatively, geoscience education research focuses solely on learning in established settings. Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) in geoscience focuses most closely on college settings (see the DBER report) although some scholars expand their work to consider K-12 and informal settings. Geoscience education research sits under the umbrella of geocognition; once the setting in which you are investigating learning expands beyond traditional spaces, you are a geocognition researcher!

Use the menu bar or links to our latest news to read more about our geocognition and geoscience education research.

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Julie Libarkin
206 Natural Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48823

EMAIL: libarkin@msu.edu