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Utilizing an Artificial Outcrop to Scaffold Learning Between Laboratory and Field Experiences in a College-Level Introductory Geology Course

Abstract Geologic field trips are among the most beneficial learning experiences for students as they engage the topic of geology, but they are also difficult environments to maximize learning. This action research study explored one facet of the problems associated with teaching geology in the field by attempting to improve the transition of undergraduate students from a traditional laboratory setting to an authentic field environment. Utilizing an artificial outcrop, called the GeoScene, during an introductory college-level non-majors geology course, the transition was studied. The GeoScene was utilized in this study as an intermediary between laboratory and authentic field based experiences, allowing students to apply traditional laboratory learn... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Wilson, Meredith (Author) / Jimenez-Castellanos, Oscar (Advisor) / Gonzalez, Gustavo (Committee member) / Calderone, Gary (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational evaluation / Geology / community college / field trips / novelty space / scaffolding / self efficacy / spatial skills
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 143 pages
Language English
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Note Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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