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A comparative study of field inquiry in an undergraduate petrology course

David Gonzales and Steven Semken
A comparative study of field inquiry in an undergraduate petrology course (in Field geology education; historical perspectives and modern approaches, Steven J. Whitmeyer (editor), David W. Mogk (editor) and Eric J. Pyle (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (December 2009) 461: 205-221

Abstract

Since 2003, the standard igneous and metamorphic petrology class at Fort Lewis College has been taught as a field-based, inquiry-driven course focused on topics in three different field areas (Ship Rock, Western Needle Mountains, San Juan volcanic field). This format allows undergraduate students to investigate advanced topics in petrology through field research while developing skills for continuing education and scientific careers. These courses serve the needs of the students by promoting critical analysis and inquiry, and building on content taught in previous courses to solve actual geologic problems. Many of the students also find enthusiasm for continued research and make further contributions to the geologic community. A research-focused field course at the undergraduate level allows students to engage in all facets of research in the context of natural geologic complexity. In addition, these students can collaborate with professional geoscientists to network and find opportunities that are not readily available to their peers outside the course. Engaging undergraduate geoscience students in authentic research projects is a benefit to their education and career development.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 461
Title: A comparative study of field inquiry in an undergraduate petrology course
Title: Field geology education; historical perspectives and modern approaches
Author(s): Gonzales, DavidSemken, Steven
Author(s): Whitmeyer, Steven J.editor
Author(s): Mogk, David W.editor
Author(s): Pyle, Eric J.editor
Affiliation: Fort Lewis College, Department of Geosciences, Durango, CO, United States
Affiliation: James Madison University, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Harrisonburg, VA, United States
Pages: 205-221
Published: 200912
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 54
Accession Number: 2010-023114
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 9 tables, sketch maps
Secondary Affiliation: Montana State University, USA, United StatesArizona State University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201014
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