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The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont California is the only paleontology museum on a secondary school campus. The private Webb School uses the museum to involve science students in a Museum Studies course. This article details the activities of the students in collecting and readying specimens for the museum. A discussion of competition between museums and private collectors is also ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Paleontology
 
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This collection of articles illuminates the use of the fossil record and museums in science education. There are also links to other relevant sections of the "Learning from the Fossil Record" section of the University Of California Museum of Paleontology. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Paleontology
 
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This site describes a pilot project in distance learning that involved a collaboration between the Milwaukee Public Museum and the school districts of Milwaukee and Ashland, Wisconsin, some 300 miles away. The project included a video tour and a presentation and question-and-answer session by a museum paleontologist that incorporated telepresence technology. Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional, Informal
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Paleontology
 
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This collection of links connects to thirty two student activities or background sites that apply the study of fossils to student learning. Activities cover a wide range of topics including age dating, oil exploration, and climate change. It also contains four additional links to related websites. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Paleontology
 
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This curriculum model represents an entire school district's attempt to use paleontology to implement standards-based education reforms. While most colleges do not have a dinosaur available for student and teacher use, the project provides a template for partnerships between colleges and local school districts. The curriculum can be adopted by teachers to institute standards-based classroom practice ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Paleontology
 
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This activity will aid in developing language with students, which they can then use to talk about and critique scientific arguments. Students will begin by attempting to sequence and create a story around a series of cartoon frames. This experience will serve as the basis for a discussion about how decisions were made in this instance and how arguments are constructed in science more generally. In ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Educational theory and practice, History and philosophy of science
 
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This site contains an activity in which students are asked to use their Earth-Moon-Sun (EMS) model to solve one of several challenge problems. Each problem contains data about celestial or seasonal phenomena that students have not encountered before. The challenge for the students is to use their EMS model to explain these new scenarios. In this final activity, the students will work in groups of ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Space science
 
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This is a web version of a brochure produced by the American Geological Institute to inform people about the importance of Earth science education in K-12 schooling. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Policy issues
 
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This study investigates students' ideas about watersheds and how these ideas change across grade level. A group of 95 students were each asked to draw a picture of a watershed and explain their drawings. The results revealed that, in general, students understand the concept of watersheds from a very limited scientific perspective. Sixth and some seventh grade students envisioned watersheds as a water ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Hydrology
 
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This study involved surveying three groups of students regarding their ideas about the structure, scale, and percieved importance of groundwater. The survey results show that many participants selected sizes of groundwater structures that mirrored surface analogs; however, some students applied scales on the order of houses and skyscrapers to typical pore and crack structures. The authors' research ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Hydrology
 
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