Free Lecture Series: Dr. Glenn Dolphin

Date(s) - 14/10/2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ussher, and Hutton, and Wegener, oh my!

Using the history of geology to teach both geological content and the nature of science in a large introductory undergraduate geology course

Saturday, October 14 • 3pm

The coming decades will showcase the importance of literacy in the geosciences for citizens of the world. Problems such as anthropogenic climate change, safe drinking water, and finding and developing mineral and energy resources will not only require geoscience professionals, but also an informed citizenry for developing, and implementing appropriate policies that will benefit society as a whole. Literacy in the geosciences includes not just the content (the ‘what’ of geoscience) but also the process (the ‘how’ of geoscience).
This presentation will give preliminary results of students’ understandings of the nature of geology from the beginning of the course to the end of the course having experienced pedagogical strategies emplaced to disrupt the normal “large lecture” course structure. The use of interrupted historical narratives became the focal point of the course inquiry and discussion. With emphasis placed on the “how” as opposed to the “what” of science, students became more critical and demonstrated a more nuanced understanding for science as a process.

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