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Thanks Alan...

I've read through Rob Butler's book and have found it wealth of ideas and information.  The only problem with what I've found in his book is that the people I am dealing with seem to want a particular type of data (e.g. statistics derived from national surveys) rather than anecdotal statements that make perfect sense to us practitioners.  

Thanks for the response
Frank G.

Frank D. Granshaw
Earth Science Instructor
Portland Community College
Sylvania Campus
Portland, OR 
503-977-8236




On Oct 25, 2010, at 3:59 PM, Boyle, Alan wrote:

Frank
If you have not read it, Rob Butlerís small book on teaching fieldwork is illuminating: http://www.gees.ac.uk/pubs/guides/fw/fwgeosci.pdf
 
There are many quotes from practising geoscientists in the book that address your second question. They essentially provide reasons why there is no substitute for fieldwork and why its apparent decrease in importance in the curriculum is more likely a short-sighted hindrance to future research in geosciences.
Best regards
Alan
 
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From: Frank Granshaw [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: 25 October 2010 21:36
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Subject: Geoscience reliance on fieldwork
 
Hello everyone...
 
I am currently looking at two arguments regarding the inclusion of fieldwork in geoscience literacy courses.  
 
  1. Since field studies are one of the major ways by which geoscience knowledge is constructed it is important to expose novices to how fieldwork works so they have some sense of where this knowledge comes from.  Plus it gives them first-hand experience with at least some of the phenomena that they are looking at. 
  2. With the refinement of remote sensing technology and an increasing emphasis on modeling and lab analysis, we are seeing more and more geoscientists that spend little or no time in the field.  Consequently, it is an inefficient use of limited educational resources to engage novices in an activity that is becoming increasingly less important to the research community.
 
Are any of you are familiar with any statistics related to the time various types of geoscientists spend in the field vs. other activities such as modeling, lab analysis, administration?  Any reflections or information on the other issues associated with this question would also be appreciated.
 
Cheers
Frank G.
 
Frank D. Granshaw
Earth Science Instructor
Portland Community College
Sylvania Campus
Portland, OR 
503-977-8236