THE CLASS RESEARCH PROJECT AS CURRICULAR FOUNDATION FOR A STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY COURSE
The outcrops of the Waterville Formation on the Kennebec River offer a unique opportunity to develop a Structural Geology course founded on a class research project. The continued study of the outcrop allowed students to develop mapping and interpretive skills over the course of the term. A class data set was compiled and each student mounted a final report. Reports included base and geologic maps, descriptions of lithologic relationships, the placement of the outcrop in tectonic context, speculation on the local stress fields, a compilation of questions raised during the study, and an outline proposing a direction for continued research. We present some of the results of this class research project, comment on the effectiveness of the research project as a foundation for the course, and propose continued efforts of the incorporation of the class research project in future classes.