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Sustaining K-12 Professional Development in Geology: Recurrent Participation in RockCamp
Researchers surveyed repeat attendees in a geology professional development program known as RockCamp in order to determine the reasons for their sustained involvement in this program. This article describes their findings, which suggest that the teachers' sustained involvement in the RockCamp Program is stimulated by situated learning experiences stressing a compare, contrast, connect, and construct pedagogy within a supportive learning community. Most teachers cited such reasons as efficacy, fun, right time of life, and support, as well as content, friendship, and methodology as reasons for their continued participation in the program.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
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Adobe Acrobat reader
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-134
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Deb A. Hemler
School of Science and Technology
Fairmont State College

Author: Robert E. Behling
Department of Geology and Geography
West Virginia University