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Title: Playdough Modeling in Geological Field Work to Support Spatial Skills
Authors: Bateman, Kathryn
Ham, Jonathan
Shipley, Thomas
Tikoff, Basil
Barshi, Naomi
Ormand, Carol
Keywords: Design
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Bateman, K., Ham, J., Shipley, T., Tikoff, B., Barshi, N., & Ormand, C. (2020). Playdough Modeling in Geological Field Work to Support Spatial Skills. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1605-1608). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Fieldwork serves as a critical piece of novices’ introduction to the geoscience community. Comprehending geological phenomena is challenging for novice geologists because successful fieldwork requires not only spatial thinking skills but translation from spatial patterns into time evolution of processes that created the features seen today. In this mixed-methods study, researchers participated in a three-day field trip to the Black Hills. Students and instructors used playdough to model three-dimensional structures encountered in the field. Survey data from students in the field supports the use of playdough as a tool for improving students’ explanations of geological phenomena and their confidence in those answers. Instructor explanations were also seen as significant supports, indicating a tie between the use of the playdough models and how they were used by the instructors in the field.
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