Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) action for Earth and Space Science Education

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Three writing teams have generated commentaries responding to community input. The compiled manuscript featuring all three commentaries is in copyedit.

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What is ICON-Education?

All parts of the international Earth and Space Sciences community have been invited to reflect on using ICON processes (integrated, coordinated, open, networked) and FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) to advance their field. A collection of commentaries reflecting on past work and future opportunities will be published and freely available in the AGU open-access journal, Earth and Space. Education has been invited to submit three 1000 word commentaries that will appear with commentaries from other Earth and Space Science research disciplines. Learn more about ICON and this opportunity.

Geoscience education has a long tradition of using aspects of the ICON model. Examples of such work include the recent community development of resources for teaching field camp on-line during the pandemic; the development of a community framework for geoscience education research, as well as collection and analysis of data on teaching and learning in undergraduate geoscience courses across the United States; creation of freely accessible teaching activities by interdisciplinary teams; community activities to address racism in the geosciences in the United States; and robust open professional development opportunities grounded in peer learning. However, we have much more to do to create just, equitable, diverse, equitable and inclusive (JEDI) learning opportunities for all students around the world (see for example Ali et al., 2021) The call for ICON commentaries provides an international opportunity for Earth and Space Educators from all venues and corners of education, including practitioners and researchers, to imagine this future together.

More than 20 geoscience educators have come together to initiate an open process for creating the commentaries including the leadership of the AGU Education Section, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and its Division of Geoscience Education Research and Division of Teacher Education, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Working Group, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, and the National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy and Water Education. Members of this group recognized these commentaries as an opportunity to

  • build an international Earth and Space Science community
  • move to collective action with Earth and Space Science researchers of all types
  • support cross-disciplinary learning
  • work together with funders to improve JEDI in Earth and space education

Commentary Topics

To organize input for the three commentaries, we have identified three topical areas:

  • Topic A: the value of ICON approaches in improving the practice of geoscience education in formal and informal venues of all types (see for example Batchelor et al., 2021). This piece we think could illuminate the ICON like work that geoscience education is known for, as well as suggest critical new areas where the approach would be valuable, and/or propose modifications to improve how ICON is incorporated into geoscience education.
  • Topic B: the value of ICON approaches in Geoscience Education research. This piece could speak to the use of ICON in creating a thriving international GER community that crosses educational venues (primary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate, informal, adult learning)
  • Topic C: the value of ICON approaches in addressing JEDI in geoscience education. We believe that JEDI should be infused throughout the pieces but that it should also have a stand alone section.

Open Commentary Development Process

To move forward, we will use a process that includes

  • an online, asynchronous opportunity to contribute and comment on potential key points of the three commentaries
  • an open opportunity to discuss proposed key points in synchronous, virtual sessions
  • an online, asynchronous opportunity to contribute details, examples and thoughts to support each key point
  • an online, asynchronous opportunity to provide feedback on the draft commentaries.

Writing teams for each commentary will use this input to first create an outline of big points for discussion, will produce the initial draft, and will revise the draft for submission.

Important Dates

  • October 6: Sign up for leadership/writing teams complete and initial set of contributors identified. Mechanism for suggesting big points available.
  • October 6-16: Submit suggestions for big points asynchronously
  • October 19: Writing teams post key points for each commentary online
  • October 19-26: Synchronous discussion sessions
  • October 29: Final key points posted
  • First week of November until-November 15: Submit suggestions for supporting arguments and examples for key points
  • November 30: Writing teams post drafts
  • Dec 1-January 1: Submit comments on drafts
  • January -February 1: Writing teams complete revisions and submit

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