The Geoscience Professional's Science Enrichment Handbook
In order to motivate geoscience professionals, and maximize the value of their time and effort, we have produced a new Science Enrichment Handbook. Unlike resources designed for teachers, students, or parents, the Handbook targets geoscientists who may be experts in their technical disciplines, but are not familiar with K-12 education issues.
The Handbook provides both inspiration and direction for the professional, with reviews of modern teaching methods and the current U.S. education context. Chapters include discussions of modern inquiry-based science instruction, earth science literacy, pedagogical theory, science frameworks and standardized testing, classroom visit strategies, and sample activities. Our approach encourages students to learn science by doing science, with hands-on discovery and critical thinkingfar more effective than a (boring) lecture!
The Handbook has been delivered in both hardcopy and digital formats, and is currently available online from the AAPG-YEA and AGI websites. Early reception has been positive, and we hope that the Handbook will grow as more professionals get involved with earth science enrichment and provide feedback.