USING INTERDISCIPLINARY CASE STUDIES TO SNEAK GEOLOGICAL TOPICS INTO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Educational research indicates that an interdisciplinary team approach is the best teaching and learning methodology for middle school students. The introduction of place-based case studies as short-term team projects allows students to approach real world problems from the different perspectives of their science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics classrooms.
The SE MAPS project (Southeast Maps and Aerial Photographic Systems), developed with the assistance of the National Science Foundation, has produced a few model case studies for each of the eight participating southeastern states. These studies use a series of maps and remotely sensed images to provide a framework for hands-on, inquiry-based activities which are appropriate for interdisciplinary study. Geoscience educators in Tennessee are working to add more local case studies across the state through the TENNmaps Project.