Field-based research partnerships: Teachers, students, and scientists investigate the geologic history of eastern montana using geospatial technologies

Heather Almquist, Lisa Blank, Jeffrey W. Crews, George Stanley, Marc Hendrix

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Abstract

The Paleo Exploration Project (PEP) was a University of Montana (UM) professional development program serving K-12 teachers from eastern Montana. Two cohorts of 25 teachers each completed the program. Each cohort was engaged in the training for 12-18 months. The program began with several 2-day teachers' weekend workshops during the spring semester. The following summer, teachers attended a weeklong summer research institute with middle-school-aged students. Over the next academic year, teachers took part in a final weekend workshop and developed, and in most cases implemented, their own learning activities with their students. Using a design experiment framework, we learned that teachers needed (1) additional hands-on practice with the technologies, (2) a curriculum component that was targeted more directly on scientific inquiry, and (3) more practice with project design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Science and Investigating Environmental Issues with Geospatial Technology
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning Effective Professional Development for Teachers
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages35-50
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789048139316
ISBN (Print)9789048139309
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Field work
  • GIS
  • Google earth
  • Paleontology
  • Scientific inquiry

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