The Good Earth: Introduction to Earth Science

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Date

September 25, 2009

Format

Paperback, pages

ISBN

0077270975 / 9780077270971

$

Your Price

144.26

List Price

184.00



Overview


Main description

The Good Earth is the product of collaboration between the content rigor provided by Earth Science specialists (McConnell, Steer) and the results of research on learning as contributed by pedagogical experts (Knight, Owens). The Good Earth has been explicitly designed to be compatible with inquiry-based, active learning in the college classroom. The structural elements of this text will allow the instructor to incorporate these student-centered teaching methods into their Earth Science course. The authors have tested the book’s content and pedagogy in large Earth Science classes for non-majors that are populated with mostly freshmen. Their experiences show that the materials and methods in The Good Earth can improve students’ learning, increase daily attendance, reduce attrition, and increase students’ enthusiasm in comparison with classes taught following a traditional lecture format.

The authors have chosen to emphasize three scientific themes throughout the text: i) scientific literacy; ii) Earth Science and the human experience; and, iii) the science of global change. The discussion of scientific methods is woven into the text throughout. They have included numerous examples of human interaction with the Earth that can serve as entry points for students to appreciate the nature of science. Global change is a theme that is evident in much current Earth Science research so our authors have used global change as a content theme throughout the book.


Table of contents

Preface1 Introduction to Earth Science2 Earth in Space3 Near-Earth Objects4 Plate Tectonics5 Earthquakes6 Volcanoes and Other Mountains7 Rocks and Minerals8 Geologic Time9 Weathering and Soils10 Landslides and Slope Failure11 Streams and Floods12 Groundwater and Wetlands13 Oceans and Coastlines14 The Atmosphere15 Weather Systems16 Earth's Climate System17 Global ChangeAppendicesGlossary





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