MAPPING FOR MASTERY: EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OLIVER FIELD SCHOOL, OKANAGAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Preliminary examination of the field school grade data (overall course grade) indicate that student grades have shifted upward, most critically when comparing pre-treatment grades (2009 had no Boot Camp and limited pedagogical enhancements) and post-treatment grades (2010 to 2013). This result is constrained by the fact that the intent was not to complete a controlled study, but rather to ensure all students had equal chances to improve. Direct observations and anecdotal evidence reveal that students communicate more thoughtfully and regularly with each other and with instructors, pose more insightful questions, and are able to synthesize understanding and data onto higher-quality maps in terrain with more geologic variability than prior to 2009. Topics that continue to pose challenges for students, which will likely be the focus of future field school changes, include the use of spatial reasoning, 3-dimensional visualization in the field, and the completion of cross-sections and stratigraphic columns that represent appropriate geologic relationships. Overall, the project has been a clear success and we look forward to deeper analyses of the data.