Earth Systems Science Education in Research Handbook

Dr. Libarkin has co-authored a chapter on EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE EDUCATION with Nir Orion for the Handbook of Research on Science Education, Volume II. This chapter provides a new look at latest developments in Earth Systems Science education and is a companion to the chapter co-authored by Nir Orion in 2007. Learn more about theContinue reading “Earth Systems Science Education in Research Handbook”

HOW TO JOIN THE GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH & GEOCOGNITION INTEREST GROUP LISTSERV

I wanted to remind everyone how to subscribe to the community email listserv for people interested in Geoscience Education Research and Geocognition Research. Here’s how to subscribe: To subscribe to this list send an email to listserv@list.msu.edu  with the following text in the first line of the body of the message: SUBSCRIBE GEOED-RESEARCH FirstName LastNameContinue reading “HOW TO JOIN THE GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH & GEOCOGNITION INTEREST GROUP LISTSERV”

MORE AWARDS AND HAPPENINGS

GRL personnel have again made some important achievements. I am excited to report that: Undergraduate GREG RUETENIK did an amazing job on his poster at UURAF. His poster was entitled “APPLICATION OF SPATIAL ANALYSIS TOOLS TO PROJECTION OF EYE TRACKING DATA”. This work was funded by an MSU Undergraduate Research Support Scholarship; he is workingContinue reading “MORE AWARDS AND HAPPENINGS”

GRADUATE STUDENTS EARN PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Several graduate students in the GRL were recently recognized for their exceptional efforts in research through receipt of summer funding fellowships, research and travel grants, and national awards. ROBERT DROST and SHELDON TURNER both received Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student Summer Research Funding grants from Michigan State University. These grants provide funding for livingContinue reading “GRADUATE STUDENTS EARN PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS”

WRITING IN UNDERGRADUATE BIOSCIENCE: New paper published in CBE Life Science Education (2012)

A new paper, coauthored by GRL Director Julie Libarkin and colleague Gabe Ording, documents the impact of writing assignments on student learning. Three writing assignments generated significant change in student ability to write scientifically, although our results suggest that three is an insufficient number to generate complete development of scientific writing skills. READ AT THEContinue reading “WRITING IN UNDERGRADUATE BIOSCIENCE: New paper published in CBE Life Science Education (2012)”

INVISIBLE LIGHT CONCEPTIONS: New paper published in Astronomy Education Review (2011)

A new paper, led by GRL Director Julie Libarkin, documents conceptions of invisible light held by middle and high school students as well as teachers. This paper identifies common issues students have with infrared and ultraviolet radiation, including ideas that persist into adulthood. READ AT THE PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE: Invisible Misconceptions: Student Understanding of Ultraviolet andContinue reading “INVISIBLE LIGHT CONCEPTIONS: New paper published in Astronomy Education Review (2011)”

GENETICS CONCEPTIONS RESEARCH (2011)

GRL scholars have produced two reports related to college students’ conceptions of genetics. The first, led by Sarah Jardeleza, investigates student ideas about the location of genes and DNA in the human body. The second, led by Terri McElhinny, reviews the state of genetics curriculum and assessment in the U.S. and makes suggestions for aContinue reading “GENETICS CONCEPTIONS RESEARCH (2011)”

PLATE TECTONICS CONCEPTIONS: New paper published in Journal of Geoscience Education (2011)

A new paper, led by former GRL postdoc Scott Clark (now of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire), documents conceptions of plate tectonics held by undergraduates. This paper identifies common issues students have with terminology, plate motion, and subsurface melting. The potential for common images to cause misunderstandings is also discussed. READ AT THE PUBLISHER’SContinue reading “PLATE TECTONICS CONCEPTIONS: New paper published in Journal of Geoscience Education (2011)”

CAPTURING COGNITION: New paper published in Computers & Geosciences (2011)

A new paper, led by GRL graduate student Sheldon Turner, documents the value of Tablet PCs for capturing cognition. This paper documents the unique data sets that Tablet PCs, coupled with video capture technologies, now allow us to collect. READ AT THE PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE: Novel applications of Tablet PCs to investigate expert cognition in theContinue reading “CAPTURING COGNITION: New paper published in Computers & Geosciences (2011)”