Teaching

Controversial Topics in Earth Science Courses

NESTA reports on a survey of teachers who were asked to report on the most and least controversial topics that they teach in their Earth Science classes. Controversy was defined as receiving pressure from students, parents, administrators, or the community.

The most controversial topics included: evolution, the age of the Earth/geologic time, climate change, solar system formation, and planetary formation.

The least controversial topics included: magnetism, electricity, the water cycle, the structure of the Sun, and ocean circulation.

Learning to Learn from Data

from: Earth and Mind: Reflections on Thinking and Learning about the Earth
http://serc.carleton.edu/earthandmind/posts/datalearningpro.html

An interesting article that considers the importance of giving students the opportunity to collect data and how students learn to make sense of data and graphs.

Scientists learn from data. Learning to learn from data is obviously an essential aspect of the education of a future scientist.

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