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GER Starting Point

Whether you are brand new to geoscience education research (GER) or an experienced veteran, there are some basic building blocks that are valuable to be up to speed on.

GER Topics

This community-vetted list provides an overview of the topical areas generally considered to be a part of Geoscience Education Research as well as some exemplars of each area.

Introductory Reading and Materials

This page provides a good initial reading list and introductory materials for geoscience educators who want to get started in discipline-based education research (DBER).

Strength of Evidence Pyramid

While the strengths and limitations of claims made in individual studies are often addressed through author attention to journal standards and peer-review feedback, GER community-level claims also need a framework to evaluate their strength of evidence. The authors propose a conceptual diagram as one approach for characterizing the strength of evidence of GER community claims.

Geoscience Education Research as a Community of Practice

A community of practice strives to build competence and capacity to advance/improve the area of concern or passion. The geoscience education research community is concerned with understanding how people think and learn about the Earth, and using that understanding to improve Earth education. Thinking about the concept of a Community of Practice using as a systems model can help us recognize important feedbacks that are necessary to strengthen the GER community.

Writing GER Grant Proposals

Acquiring funding for research projects is important regardless of discipline. There are some specific issues to understand when applying for research support in GER.

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