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A Student-centered Regional Planning Group Activity for Non-science Majors
NOTE: This is a large file, 81.4 mb in size! This article describes the use of an authentic regional planning public workshop activity which was modified and used to introduce the Earth surface portion of an Earth Science lecture course for undergraduate non-science majors. Students applied map-reading skills and learned about the local environment while forming opinions about how the region should grow, exploring the potential consequences of their preferences (for both developers and the environment), and making judgments about the relative importance of various environmental challenges and hazards. A participant survey showed that most supported the continued development and re-use of the activity, as well as the development of one to three additional three-lecture-period activities.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-153
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Journal of Geoscience Education

Author: Mark Abolins
Department of Geosciences
Middle Tennessee State University