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> Dear Colleagues and Friends,
>
> Letís advance education research together!  Julie Libarkin1, Douglas  
> Duncan2, and I3  would like to invite you to submit an abstract for  
> a session that we are organizing for the American Geophysical  
> Unionís (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco (December 14-18, 2009).   
> Please see the session title and description below.
>
> The deadline for abstract submission is September 3rd, 2009.  We  
> look forward to hearing from you!
>
> Title of Session:
> ED 14. Geocognition and Geoscience Education Research: Why Do It,  
> Who Does It, What Academic Departments Support It, and What  
> Geoscience Community Support Can Guide the Development of New  
> Geoscience Education Research Programs?
>
> Description of Session:
> Geocognition and geoscience education research is an emerging field  
> of research that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to  
> further our understanding of how students and experts perceive,  
> learn, and apply geological principles and concepts. At least 18  
> U.S. universities now offer graduate programs engaged in this kind  
> of research, and there exists interest among other institutions in  
> developing similar programs. Abstracts are solicited from  
> institutions in which this kind of research is currently being  
> conducted in earth and/or space sciences. Abstracts should discuss  
> the history of the inception of the research program, major  
> programmatic and research results achieved thus far, and how the  
> program is currently sustained. The session is intended as a forum  
> for learning how existing programs were conceived and operate and  
> for dialogue between those in existing programs and those  
> considering the development of such programs.
>
> Website for AGU Fall Meeting:
> http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/
>
> Warm Regards,
> Leilani Arthurs
> Doug Duncan and Julie Libarkin
>
> 1 Michigan State University, Department of Geological Sciences
> 2 University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Astrophysical &  
> Planetary Sciences
> 3 University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Geological Sciences
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> Leilani Arthurs, Ph.D.
> Science Education Initiative
> Geological Sciences Department
> University of Colorado at Boulder
> Office: Benson Earth Sciences Bldg, Rm 365
> Phone: 303-492-7025
> Email: [log in to unmask]