TERRAELM: AN EXERCISE IN EARTH SCIENCE INSTRUCTION
The participants in this program learn communicative skills, which we as graduate students typically develop in graduate school, by a trial and error process. Participants in our program, improve both their overall comprehension of the subject and their ability to communicate it. Initial assessments of the merits of participation within this program show a positive correlation between participation and improved instructional ability and comprehension. We are actively evaluating additional qualitative assessments to allow us to test the validity of our initial results.
This program and its philosophy provide justification for the development of new instructional techniques that take advantage of graduate students that enjoy the teaching process. Instructional development initiatives like these need to be seen as more than just civic engagement within college adjacent communities, but as a potential teaching practicum that benefits the graduate students themselves.