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A Working Model for Evaluating Academic Excellence in Geoscience Education, Undergraduate, and K-12
This article discusses a model for academic excellence in the geosciences which can be used for K-12 and undergraduate education. The model combines criteria for excellence derived from studies of the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, and other national professional organizations. It consists of two major components: opportunity for students to learn, and attainment at the highest structural and multidimensional levels. The author concludes that this model will be most useful as a working model for evaluation, as a reference for comparison, and as a guide for reaching excellence in geoscience education efforts.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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    • Assessment / Evaluation
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    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-109
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Bonnie J. Brunkhorst
Departments of Geological Science and Science, Mathematics and Technology
California State University San Bernardino