Learners' intuitions about geology

Lauren Barth-Cohen, Jonathan Shemwell, Daniel Capps

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Many principles in geology are intuitive to geologists who already understand those principles, but little is known about learners' intuitions in geology. We apply existing theoretical machinery about learners' intuitions in physics to learners' intuitions in geology, and we present several examples of geology intuitions from teachers' reasoning about relative age relationships during field instruction. Implications are discussed for how to productively harness learners' intuitions in geoscience education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1531-1532
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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