Overcoming the Limitations of an Urban Setting Through Field-based Earth Systems Inquiry
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Disconnection between students and nature in an urban setting thwarts student engagement and impedes geoscience teaching and learning. Conducting field trips is one way to engage students, but the urban environment does not provide an ideal setting with respect to the availability of appropriate field sites and safety. This text reports on a field-based inquiry project conducted in San Antonio, Texas. The project focused on Earth systems and system interactions, attempting to overcome the obstacles imposed by the urban environment by permitting teachers to focus on student observations and student initiated research questions rather than solely being limited to the use of text and laboratory activities.
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-145
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)
Author: Stuart Birnbaum
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
University of Texas at San Antonio