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Geoscience Research and Outreach

Schools and Public Engagement

  • Vincent C. H. Tong

Part of the Innovations in Science Education and Technology book series (ISET, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: The Context

  3. Field-Based Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Kenji Yoshikawa, Elena Sparrow, Julia Stanilovskaya
      Pages 19-45
    3. Lung Sang Chan, Loretta M. W. Ho
      Pages 55-77
  4. Online Approaches

  5. Workshop- and Laboratory-Based Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. A. Zollo, A. Bobbio, J. L. Berenguer, F. Courboulex, P. Denton, G. Festa et al.
      Pages 145-170
    3. Britta Bookhagen, Noah McLean, Robert Buchwaldt, Matthew Rioux, Francis Dudás, Samuel Bowring
      Pages 171-189
    4. Kornelija Špoler Čanić, Dubravka Rasol
      Pages 191-202
  6. Programme Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Elena B. Sparrow, Leslie S. Gordon, Martha R. Kopplin, Rebecca Boger, Sheila Yule, Kim Morris et al.
      Pages 227-250

About this book


From energy and water resources to natural disasters, and from changing climatic patterns to the evolution of the Earth’s deep interior, geoscience research affects people’s lives in many ways and on many levels. This book offers a stimulating cross-disciplinary perspective on the important relationship between geoscience research and outreach activities for schools and for the general public.
The contributors – academics, research scientists, science educators and outreach program educators – describe and evaluate outreach programs from around the world. A section entitled Field-based Approaches includes a chapter describing an initiative to engage Alaskan communities and students in research, and another on problem-based learning in the field setting. The Online Approaches section discusses ways to connect students and scientists using online forums; use of the web and social media, including the United Nations University and its experience with the design of a web magazine featuring geoscience research; and video clips on marine geoscience created by students and scientists. The section on Workshop and Laboratory-based Approaches includes a chapter on teaching geochronology to high school students, and another describing an extracurricular school activity program on meteorology. The Program Design section presents chapters on Integrating Geoscience Research in Primary and Secondary Education, on ways to bridge research with science education at the high school level, and on use of online geoscience data from the Great Lakes. The concluding section, Promoting Research-enhanced Outreach, offers chapters on Geoscience Outreach Education with the local community by a leading research-intensive university, and on the use of research to promote action in Earth science professional development for schoolteachers.Geoscience Research and Outreach: Schools and Public Engagement will benefit geoscience researchers who wish to promote their work beyond academia. It offers guidance to those seeking research funding from agencies, which increasingly request detailed plans for outreach activities in research proposals. Policymakers, educators and scientists working in museums, learned societies and public organizations who wish to widen participation will also find this book useful. 

Together with the companion volume Geoscience Research and Education: Teaching at Universities, this book showcases the key role that geoscience research plays in a wide spectrum of educational settings.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Vincent C. H. Tong
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Earth and Planetary SciencesUniversity of London, UKLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Geoscience Research and Outreach
  • Book Subtitle Schools and Public Engagement
  • Editors Vincent C. H. Tong
  • Series Title Innovations in Science Education and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Innov.Sci.Educat.,Technol.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-6942-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8469-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6943-4
  • Series ISSN 1873-1058
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-2236
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 340
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Earth Sciences, general
    Educational Technology
    Higher Education
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