THINKSPACE FOR THE GEOSCIENCES: A WORKSHOP MODEL TO CREATE CASE-BASED ASSIGNMENTS ON ‘HYDROFRACKING’ AND MINERAL IDENTIFICATION
The ‘hydrofracking’ scenario is built around the premise that the grandfather of a New York State college student is faced with a decision about whether or not to allow an extraction company to operate on his land. The grandfather seeks advice in making this decision from his grandson who is in college and who stands to inherit the farm. The exercise is meant to scaffold the process of integrating scientific and environmental information to come to a reasoned decision.
The mineral and rock identification case involves a mysterious death by an unknown disease where the only clue is a rock specimen. Students are led through a “crime scene investigation” where they must evaluate certain medical and geological data to identify the recent history of the individual and what might have caused his untimely demise.
The cases are currently being further developed and will be classroom-tested during the spring semester. This presentation will outline the network-building and resource development process, and show examples of the current state of the cases as well as plans for their further refinement.