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Methods for Conducting GER

On Monday, November 2nd 2015, the NAGT GER officers (Nicole LaDue, Laura Lukes, Katherine Ryker and Kim Cheek) chaired a GSA session titled Methods for Conducting Research about Teaching and Learning in the Geosciences. 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 lead presenter's contact information, and the slides if the presenter has shared them. The NAGT GER officers were very pleased with the strong submissions to the first methods-based GER session.

Session rationale: The NAGT ­Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division recently organized and conducted a membership survey. 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 is proposed to showcase and communicate a variety of methods currently being applied to answer GER questions.

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 SCIENCE KASTENS, 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 FACULTY CZAJKA, 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)