Enlivening the High School Earth Science NGSS:
Using Geoheritage and Place-Based Education to Highlight and Integrate
Dimensions of Earth Science Relevance
The fascinating phenomena of Earth and space science
take on heightened relevance in learners’ lives when presented through the
frameworks of geoheritage and place-based education.
Takeaways: 1. There are practical approaches for accentuating the excitement of Earth and space sciences as they are shown to intersect with human life, history, and culture; 2. The connection of geoscience with human history and culture—what is increasingly known as geoheritage—has great potential in education as a reference framework that encourages learning as well as promoting conservation of significant natural features; and 3. The dimensions of the NGSS, the big ideas of geoheritage, and the design principles of place-based education are mutually supportive—which together lead to strategies for meaningful learning in Earth and space science.
Missy Holzer (Great Minds: Washington, DC), Aida Awad (Education Consultant/ Adjunct: Buckeye, AZ), Eric Pyle (James Madison University: Harrisonburg, VA), Dawna Cerney (Youngstown State University: Youngstown, OH), Rebecca Dodge (Midwestern State University: Wichita Falls, TX), Ed Robeck (American Geosciences Institute: Alexandria, VA), Dianna Gielstra (Prescott College Online Graduate Degree Program: Prescott, AZ)
Presenter Materials for this Session:
(Materials are only accessible to NSTA Members)
Enlivening Earth Science NGSS Using Geoheritage and Place-Based Education