Geological Sciences

Assessment tools:

Concept surveys in Geology

We have utilized questions from the Geoscience Concept Inventory (http://newton.bhsu.edu/eps/gci.html) in developing our concept inventory questions, and are contributing questions to the GCI's further development.

The departmental goal was to develop a bank of valid and reliable questions that assess faculty learning goals, and that incorporate significant student learning difficulties and misconceptions.

Student Attitudes Assessment in Geology

The Colorado Learning Attitude about Science Survey (CLASS) was initially developed for use in physics to assess student attitudes effectively in multiple undergraduate classes.  Currently two versions are being developed for potential use in a wide range of geological and earth system courses. The CLASS-GEOL version is designed for courses that emphasize earth materials and process. The CLASS-EOS version is currently being developed in collaboration with the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at British Columbia for courses that emphasize the interaction between humans and earth, oceanic, and atmospheric systems.

Presentations

Stempien, J.A., A.R. Bair, and D. Budd. 2007. A New Survey Tool for Assessing Attitudes about Learning Geology: The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey, Geology Version.  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 550

Stempien, J.A., A.R. Bair, and D. Budd. 2007. Student Attitudes in a Large Introductory Geology Class: Implication for Course Design.  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 578

Houlton, H. and Stempien, J.A. 2007. Gender-related Change of Undergraduate Students' Interest in Geology Courses.  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 6, p. 550