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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Workshop on Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences


Workshop Project Information


Geosciences: we use this term broadly to include all aspects of the earth system (atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, solid earth, geography, environmental, etc.) as well as those disciplines focused on the intersection of humans and the Earth (geography, environmental science and studies, sustainability studies, etc.).

Service-Learning: activities that engage students in addressing real community problems in ways that are connected to course learning goals.

Service-Learning has been cited as a high impact practice in the education of undergraduates. There are many examples of undergraduate courses and programs that incorporate service-learning or civic engagement, although not all are explicitly labeled in this way or connected to others doing similar work. The upcoming workshop will be a time to share examples and learn from each other about using service to help undergraduates learn the skills, echniques, approaches, and ways of thinking of the geosciences.

Commissioned Papers

Linda Silka, University of Maine
Service-Learning Goals as Seen in Other Disciplines

Suzanne O'Connell, Wesleyan University
Participation in Geoscience and Service-Learning by Historically Underrepresented Populations

Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Macalester College and Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University
Categorizing and Synthesizing Information about Service-Learning Experiences in Geosciences

Workforce Links

Geoscience Employers Workshop Summary (May 2015)
Geoscience Employers Workshop Outcomes
Connecting Workforce Development and Civic Engagement: Higher Education as Public Good and Private Gain

Relevant Reports

NOAAs Education Program: Review and Critique (2010)
Preparing the Next Generation of Earth Scientists: An Examination of Federal Education and Training Programs (2013)
Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries: A Call to Action (2013)
Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011)
Community Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape: Summary of a Summit (2012)
Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (2012)
Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Students' Diverse Pathways (2016)
Developing a National STEM Workforce Strategy: A Workshop Summary (2016)

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