Hello all,

Tim Shipley, Steve Semken and I are convening a session at GSA next  
fall on temporal and spatial thinking in the geosciences. We hope that  
many of you will submit abstracts on your work to this session, and  
that you will help us spread the word about the session. Here are the  

Title: T167. Time, Events, and Places: Understanding Temporal and  
Spatial Learning in Geoscience Education

Students have trouble visualizing large magnitudes and reasoning about  
events and processes over large temporal and spatial scales. Part of  
the problem arises when the cognitive mechanisms that serve us well  
for human scale reasoning are used to interpret phenomena and  
structures in time and space that dwarf human experience, as is  
routine in the Earth and space science research and education. This  
session will present work on how humans think about events, processes,  
histories, and familiar spaces. This cognitive science research offers  
an important perspective on the difficulties that students encounter  
in learning about time and space and reasoning about spatiotemporal  
concepts in the context of geoscience education. The session will  
combine basic work on learning with work on educating about deep time  
and change in formal and informal learning settings.

We hope to see you there!

All the best,
Carol Ormand
Science Education Resource Center
Carleton College
Northfield, MN  55057
(608) 213-1618