TEACHING THE METHODS OF GEOSCIENCE: A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS
In June, 2012, an NSF-funded InTeGrate workshop brought together 32 faculty from geoscience, philosophy of science, and teacher education to share best practices and strategies for incorporating the methods of geoscience into their teaching. Workshop participants discussed making instruction in methods explicit in introductory geoscience courses and science methods courses for pre-service teachers. Participants also contributed to an online collection of teaching activities, courses, and essays that address teaching the methods of geoscience. Discussion focused on the needs to develop materials and resources in areas such as uncertainty, spatial skills, efficacy, metacognition, and field skills. Groups also developed tools for assessing student understanding of the methods of geoscience. All resources along with a detailed synthesis of the workshop is available at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/workshops/methods2012/index.html. Currently, teams of three or more faculty at diverse institutions are developing and testing new materials that will be available for wide use in the spring of 2014.