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Methods for Conducting GER

On Monday, November 5th, 2018, the NAGT GER officers (Katherine Ryker, Karen S. McNeal, Anne Gold, and Leilani Arthurs) chaired a GSA session titled Making Sense of Methodologies and Theoretical Frameworks in Geoscience Education Research. The session was well attended, with 40-75 attendees at each talk. In an effort to disseminate the information shared more widely, below is the schedule with the presenter's contact information, and the slides if the presenter has shared them. The NAGT GER officers were very pleased with the number of strong submissions to this methods-based GER session.

Session rationale: This session is in response to feedback provided by the members of the NAGT ­Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division. Members indicated a strong desire to learn how to effectively utilize a variety of research methods to investigate questions about teaching and learning in the geosciences. Geoscience education researchers are incorporating research methods from other disciplines to study aspects of geoscience teaching and learning. This practice will continue and become more pervasive as the GER community evolves. This session focused on highlighting the methods and theoretical frameworks that come from multiple disciplines to shape GER. In particular, the presenters in this session were encouraged to discuss their decision-making process in research studies that advance the field. The session welcomed new approaches and applications of established methods and frameworks.

DEVELOPING SCAFFOLDS TO PROMOTE GEOSCIENCE THINKING: THE RIGOR AND PROMISE OF SYSTEMIC CLASSROOM-BASED RESEARCH (Invited Presentation) LOMBARDI, Doug, Teaching & Learning, Temple University, 1301 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Presentation: Lombardi, 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 2.6MB Nov26 18)

A COGNITIVE-SCIENCE AND GEOSCIENCE-EDUCATION COLLABORATION: ENHANCING THE TEACHING OF ROCK IDENTIFICATION NOSOFSKY, Robert, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, 1101 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, SANDERS, Craig, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203, DOUGLAS, Bruce J., Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana Univ, 1001 E. 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47405 and MCDANIEL, Mark, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130

Presentation: Nosofsky et al., 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 5.1MB Nov26 18)

USING SKIN SENSORS TO MEASURE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN TRADITIONAL AND ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMS MCNEAL, Karen S. 1, SOLTIS, Nick1, ZHONG, Min2, DOUKOPOULOS, Lindsay3, PORCH, Mallory4, ALWAN, Akilah5, JOHNSON, Elijah T.6 and COURTNEY, Stephanie L.7, (1)Geosciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, (2)Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, (3)Auburn University, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Center, 136 Foy Hall, Auburn, AL 36849, (4)Department of English, Auburn University, 9030 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849, (5)Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, (6)Geosciences, Auburn University, 2050 Beard Eaves Coliseum, Auburn, AL 36832, (7)Department of Geosciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36832

Presentation: McNeal et al., 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 2.2MB Nov26 18)

GEOSCIENCE CURRICULUM REFORM USING A DESIGN-BASED APPROACH FORD, Danielle, School of Education, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, MCGEARY, Susan, Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, GALLO-FOX, Jennifer, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 and ACKERMAN, Cheryl M., Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716

Presentation: Ford et al., 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 10.3MB Nov26 18)

BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE AMONG GEOSCIENCE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE FACULTY: A FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUAL LEARNING AND COLLECTIVE CHANGE IVERSON, Ellen1, MACDONALD, R. Heather2, BAER, Eric M.D.3, BRAGG, Debra4, EDDY, Pamela5, EMERSON, Norlene R.6, HODDER, Jan7, MCDARIS, John R.1, O'CONNELL, Kristin8 and ORMAND, Carol J.8, (1)Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, 1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057, (2)Department of Geology, College of William & Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, (3)Geology, Highline College, MS-29-3, 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198, (4)Bragg & Associates, Champaign, IL 61821, (5)School of Education, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, (6)Department of Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin - Richland, 1200 Hwy 14 West, Richland Center, WI 53581-1316, (7)Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, PO Box 5389, Charleston, OR 97420, (8)Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, 1 North College St, Northfield, MN 55057

STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING (SEM) IN BIOLOGY EDUCATION RESEARCH: MOVING BEYOND "WHAT WORKS" TO UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS, AND FOR WHOM (Invited Presentation) BALLEN, Cissy J., Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36830 and SALEHI, Shima, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

Presentation: Ballen, Salehi, Cotner, 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 4.4MB Nov26 18)

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ACTIVE LEARNING, COURSE INNOVATION AND TEACHING EARTH SYSTEM THINKING: A STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING APPROACH SOLTIS, Nicholas A.1, MCNEAL, Karen S.1, FORBES, Cory2 and LALLY, Diane2, (1)Department of Geosciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, (2)School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, 3310 Holdrege St, Lincoln, NE 68583

VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY IN DISCIPLINE-BASED EDUCATION RESEARCH LIBARKIN, Julie C., Michigan State University, Geocognition Research Lab, 207 Natural Science, East Lansing, MI 48824

ASSESSING CONCEPTUAL CHANGE IN PLACE-BASED GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION: THEORIES AND METHODS (Invited Presentation) WARD, Emily M. Geraghty , Geology Program, Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102, SEMKEN, Steven, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, PO Box 871404, Tempe, AZ 85287-1404 and LIBARKIN, Julie C., Geocognition Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, 207 Natural Science, East Lansing, MI 48824

Presentation: Ward et al 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 1.7MB Nov26 18)

MAKING SENSE OF SPATIAL THINKING FRAMEWORKS FOR BROAD GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH MCNEAL, Peggy M. , Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252 and PETCOVIC, Heather, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and The Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, 1187 Rood Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Presentation: McNeal and Petcovic, 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 15.9MB Nov26 18)

A 2X2 STUDY OF SPATIAL FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE TOPOGRAPHIC MAP SKILL USING THE AUGMENTED REALITY SANDBOX LADUE, Nicole and MOORE, Justin, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University, 302 Davis Hall, Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

Presentation: LaDue and Moore 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 16.1MB Nov26 18)

THEORIES AND MODELS IN SCALAR THINKING RESEARCH CLIFFORD, Thomas and ARTHURS, Leilani, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder, Campus Box 399, 2200 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, 80309-0399

AN ELECTRONIC ASSESSMENT OF SUB-METER SCALAR SKILL: SPATIAL CONCEPTIONS OF RELATIONSHIP AND MAGNITUDE TASK (SCRAMT) TINIGIN, Laura, Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 and PETCOVIC, Heather, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and The Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, 1187 Rood Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

STORYTELLING IN GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH: AN ANALYSIS OF K-8 SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS AND THEIR PORTRAYAL OF SCALE IN ESS CHEEK, Kim A. and GEORGE, Caroline, Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Presentation: Cheek and George 2018 (Acrobat (PDF) 729kB Nov26 18)

Past Presentations

Past presentations from 2015 GSA session titled Methods for Conducting Research about Teaching and Learning in the Geosciences. Convened by NAGT GER officers (Nicole LaDue, Laura Lukes, Katherine Ryker and Kim Cheek)

OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH METHODS USED BY GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCHERS SEXTON, Julie M., Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Ross Hall 1210, Campus Box 123, Greeley, CO 80639, julie.sexton@unco.edu

Presentation: Sexton, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 198kB Nov10 15)

NOTHING IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH MAKES SENSE EXCEPT IN THE LIGHT OF (ENTER THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK HERE) DOLPHIN, Glenn, Geoscience, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Department of Geoscience, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada, glenn.dolphin@ucalgary.ca

Presentation: Dolphin, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 4.1MB Nov10 15)

MIXED UP ABOUT MIXED METHODS? AN OVERVIEW OF MIXED METHODS RESEARCH DESIGNS PETCOVIC, Heather L., Department of Geosciences and The Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5241 and SEXTON, Julie M., Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Ross Hall 1210, Campus Box 123, Greeley, CO 80639, heather.petcovic@wmich.edu

Presentation: Petcovic and Sexton, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 959kB Nov10 15)

USING MIXED-METHODS TO INVESTIGATE GEOLOGICAL BLINDNESS: THE ATTITUDES AND CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY STUDENTS ROEMMELE, Christopher Marc, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, Purdue University, 550 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907, croemmel@purdue.edu

THE EFFECT OF A STUDENT-CENTERED ACADEMIC INTERVENTION ON TEACHER PRACTICE IN HIGH SCHOOL EARTH SCIENCE CLASSROOMS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY BURRELL, Shondricka, LOMBARDI, Doug and BAILEY, Janelle, Science Education, Temple University, 1301 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122, shondricka.burrell@temple.edu

USING AN ITEM RESPONSE MODELING APPROACH TO ASSESS STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY AROUND ANALOG MODELS IN HIGH SCHOOL EARTH SCIENCEKASTENS, Kim A., Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964-8000 and RIVET, Ann, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, kastens@ldeo.columbia.edu

LEARNING PROGRESSIONS AS A FRAMEWORK FOR GER: POSSIBILITIES AND CAUTIONS CHEEK, Kim A., Childhood Education, Literacy, & TESOL, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, k.cheek@unf.edu

Presentation: Cheek, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 883kB Nov12 15)

USING ONLINE FOCUS GROUPS TO REVEAL TEACHER PERSPECTIVES ON CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION MCNEAL, Peggy1, PETCOVIC, Heather1 and REEVES, Patricia2, (1)Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, 3225 Wood Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, (2)Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology, Western Michigan University, 3571 Sangren Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, peggy.m.mcneal@wmich.edu

Presentation: McNeal, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 3.7MB Nov10 15)

CONNECTING TEACHING BELIEFS AND PRACTICES IN POST-SECONDARY GEOSCIENCE CLASSROOMS RYKER, Katherine, Geography and Geology, Eastern Michigan University, 203 Strong Hall, Department of Geography and Geology, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, kryker@emich.edu

Presentation: Ryker, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 1.7MB Nov10 15)

EVALUATING THE TEACHING BELIEFS AND PRACTICES OF GEOSCIENCE FACULTYCZAJKA, C. Doug, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 and MCCONNELL, David A., Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, cdczajka@ncsu.edu

Presentation: Czajka, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 1002kB Nov10 15)

AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING IN LARGE CLASSROOMS: OXYMORON OR OPPORTUNITY? CHERMAK, John, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, 4044 Derring Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 and DREZEK MCCONNELL, Kathryne, Senior Director for Research and Assessment, AAC&U, 1818 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, jchermak@vt.edu

HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR PEDAGOGY? USING THE MOTIVATED STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING QUESTIONNAIRE AND THE GEOSCIENCE CONCEPT INVENTORY TO MEASURE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN CLASS SLIKO, Jennifer L., School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA 17057, jls1093@psu.edu

CAN FOCUSING ON THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN AN INTRODUCTORY GEOLOGY COURSE CHANGE THE WAY STUDENTS PERCEIVE THE RELEVANCE OF SCIENCE? PELCH, Michael A., Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 and MCCONNELL, David, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 8208, Raleigh, NC 27695, mapelch@ncsu.edu

Presentation: Pelch, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 24.3MB Nov9 15)

EXPLORING SOCIAL MEDIA AS A RESEARCH TOOL FOR MEASURING ENGAGEMENT IN A PALEONTOLOGICAL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE LUNDGREN, Lisa M.1, CRIPPEN, Kent J.2, MACFADDEN, Bruce J.3, DUNCKEL, Betty A.3, ELLIS, Shari4 and GARDNER, Eleanor E.5, (1)College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, 2403 Norman Hall, PO Box 117048, Gainesville, FL 32608, (2)College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, 2403 Norman Hall, PO Box 117048, Gainesville, FL 32611, (3)Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, PO Box 117800, Gainesville, FL 32611, (4)Center for Science Learning, Florida Museum of Natural History, Powell Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, (5)University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natural History, Florida Museum of Natural History Dickinson Hall, 1659 Museum Road PO BOX 117800, Gainesville, FL 32608, llundgren@flmnh.ufl.edu

Presentation: Lundgren, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 4.3MB Nov10 15)

BROADER IMPACTS AND EVALUATION: AN ENTRY POINT TO ENGAGE PHYSICAL SCIENTISTS IN DISCUSSIONS OF GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH LADUE, Nicole, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University, 302 Davis Hall, Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115 and HUBENTHAL, Michael, IRIS Consortium, 1200 New York Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005, nladue@niu.edu

Presentation: LaDue, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 793kB Nov9 15)

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH: A COMMUNITY EFFORT ST. JOHN, Kristen, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, MACDONALD, Heather, Department of Geology, College of William and Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187, FEIG, Anthony D., Department of Geography, Central Michigan University, CMU DOW 278, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859, LADUE, Nicole, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University, 302 Davis Hall, Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115, LUKES, Laura A., CTFE; Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, & Earth Sciences, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, 241 Johnson Center, Fairfax, VA 22030, MCNEAL, Karen S., Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, RIGGS, Eric M., College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University, Room 202, Eller O&M Building, MS 3148 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843 and MCDARIS, John R., Science Education Research Center, Carleton College, 1 North College St, Northfield, MN 55057, stjohnke@jmu.edu

Presentation: St John, GSA 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 1.4MB Nov11 15)

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