Promoting Earth Science Teaching and Learning

Inquiry-based Activities and Resources Anchoring Teacher Professional Development and Education


Science is a fundamental underpinning for society. Earth Science, which studies the way in which the natural world works as a system, is a key element in our understanding of natural processes and is, therefore, critical to how society responds to many important issues. More specifically, Earth Science (ES) deals with the finding and sustainable use of natural resources (e.g., water, soils, energy, and minerals) that are limited, precious, and relied upon to sustain our existence on the planet. ES also addresses the prediction and remediation of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and mass wasting. Understanding the complexity of the Earth’s systems and appreciation for how the Earth has changed over time will inform our responses to current issues of global change, such as increasing global temperatures, melting ice, sea-level changes, and extinctions.


Professional Development Preservice Teacher Science Teacher British Columbia Teacher Education Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Earth and Ocean SciencesUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  3. 3.Department of Educational Psychology and LeadershipUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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