You work sounds very interesting. Are you doing
comparisons between different methods (i.e. fieldwork vs virtual field trips) in
your research? This might allow you to better pinpoint what is the affect of
Much of work in geology education has focused on
how students understand geological time.
Attached are some publications that might interest
You might also look at some of the work that people
like Hegarty and Mayer (both at Santa Barbara if I remember correctly) are
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Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:18
Subject: Re: Geoscience reliance on
Thanks everyone for the lively discussion and the
insights. For those of you who are going to be at GSA it would be great
to meet and continue this discussion.
A little bit of background on my
original questions. I'm in the last stages of a dissertation on the
impact of virtual field environment design and use on teacher education.
I also spend the bulk of my teaching time working with non-majors. So I
have a strong interest in how VFEs can be used to support field education, how
their design reflects authentic fieldwork, and how they can be used to give
students a "taste" of fieldwork when getting into the field isn't possible.
Portland Community College