Effective instruction can enhance our ability to retain students in the geoscience major and to raise their level of expertise in mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry (MPG). Research on learning and education provides a framework for designing learning experiences in our classes. As a community we are well positioned to consider the goals of MPG instruction and to evaluate the materials and methods we currently use in our teaching. This will enhance the ability of faculty members to design and implement courses that meet the needs of their department and capitalize on their strengths as teachers.

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