Geology and Geologic Hazards of Bear Lake Valley
To build upon the Idaho Geological
Survey’s (IGS) commitment in providing increasingly high-quality
professional development for Idaho’s earth science teachers, the IGS is
developing partnerships among Idaho’s K-12 teachers and university
geoscience and teacher education professionals. These collaborative
partnerships are most evident in the evolving summer field workshops where
participating teachers conduct field research using inquiry methodology
addressing the National Science Education Standards.
The following text has been adapted from the
Standards for Professional Development for Teachers of Science from the
National Science Education Standards.
During this weeklong workshop you will have
direct contact with geological phenomena. You will gather and interpret
data using appropriate technology, and be involved in groups working on
real, open-ended problems. You will also address problems, issues, events,
and topics that are important to science, your communities, and fellow
Learning science through inquiry in a field
setting will provide opportunities for you to access scientific
literature, media, and technology to broaden your knowledge beyond the
scope of immediate inquiries. Participating in daily field investigations
will allow you to develop an understanding of the logical reasoning that
is demonstrated in constructing research papers and how a specific piece
of research adds to the accumulated knowledge of science.
Each morning you will participate in guided
activities to help make sense of the new content being learned, whether it
comes by presentation, reading, small-group discussion, or field
investigation. Activities include ongoing opportunities for you to reflect
on the process and the outcomes of learning. Facilitators will help you
understand the nature of learning science as you develop new concepts and
skills. All those who teach science must be attentive to the scientific
ideas that other participants bring with them, provide time for learning
experiences to be shared, and be knowledgeable about strategies that
promote and encourage reflection.
Some aspects of inquiry are individual efforts, but many are not, and
teachers need to experience the value and benefits of cooperative work as
well as the struggles and tensions that it can produce.
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