Tracey Footer - Broadening Student Horizons: The Development, Delivery, and Assessment of a New Course in Earth System Science

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      Hurtt, GC, CP Wake, TL Wawrzeniak (Footer), A Frappier, C   Girod, L Seidel, and V Salomonson. 2006. "Broadening Student   Horizons: The Development, Delivery, and Assessment of a New   Course in Earth System Science." Journal of Geoscience   Education, Special Issue, v. 54, n. 3, May, 2006, p.   329-338.


      Earth System Science is an exceptionally interdisciplinary field   requiring knowledge and skills from multiple scientific   disciplines. Many important questions lie at the intersection of   traditional disciplines and require a systems level approach. The   emerging educational challenge is to train the next generation of   scientists to address these topics. Here, we describe the   development, delivery, and assessment of a new course in Earth   System Science designed for advanced undergraduates and beginning   graduate students. The course was designed to meet specific   learning objectives, delivered in an inquiry-based learning   environment, and assessed to determine the extent to which the   learning objectives had been attained. The course consisted of   readings from both texts and primary literature, lectures by UNH   professors and NASA scientists, computer modeling labs, and   interdisciplinary student-team research projects. Results   emphasize the importance of pre-planning and resources,   establishing clear and concise student learning objectives,   creating of an inquiry-based learning centered environment,   role-modeling how Earth System Science research is done, and   meeting student demand and institutional challenges. This class   can serve as a model course for upper level undergraduates and   beginning graduate students to expand their disciplinary scope,   skills, and readiness to address Earth System Science questions.

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