Geoscience education research is a broad field related to studies of teaching, learning, and cognition in the geosciences. Within this subset of IRIS webinars, we aim to introduce our audience to geoscience education research, provide examples of ongoing studies, and open pathways for collaboration.
This webinar will give a broad overview of the topics and methods in geoscience education research and then discuss recent studies related to geophysics content, instruction, and training of undergraduate and graduate students. Eric Riggs will present on his study investigating the workflow and problem solving approaches of graduate students challenged with interpreting seismic data. He will discuss the differences between key groups in his study, including geologists, geophysicists, and students with varying degrees of experience. Clare Bond will present on the uncertainty in geologic interpretations of seismic data and imagery. She will tell us about what happens when there is no right answer and how we can teach uncertainty in science.