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Special Sessions
Sponsored by the Geomorphology Specialty Group
Association of American Geographers 103rd Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, April 17-21.

NSF GK-12 Programs in Geography and Geosciences

Illustrated Paper Session 3115
Thursday, 4/19/07, from 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM


Geography Education Specialty Group
Biogeography Specialty Group
Geomorphology Specialty Group


Jonathan M. Harbor - Purdue University
Sally P. Horn - University Of Tennessee


Sally P. Horn - University Of Tennessee


  • 8:00 AM Introduction:
    Jonathan M. Harbor - Purdue University
  • 8:05 AM Author(s):
    *Sally P. Horn - University Of Tennessee
    Kenneth H. Orvis - University of Tennessee
    Lynn J. Champion - University of Tennessee
    Henri D. Grissino-Mayer - University of Tennessee
    Carol P. Harden - University of Tennessee
    Linda C. Kah - University of Tennessee
    Claudia I. Mora - University of Tennessee
    Colin D. Sumrall - University of Tennessee
    Kristin T. Rearden - University of Tennessee
    Abstract Title: Bringing University Research to Rural Middle Schools in East Tennessee: The University of Tennessee GK-12 Earth Project.

  • 8:07 AM Author(s):
    *Robert S. Bednarz - Texas A&M University
    Sarah W. Bednarz - Texas A&M University
    Anthony Filippi - Texas A&M University
    Joni Kincaid - Texas A&M University
    Andrew G. Klein - Texas A&M University
    Adriana Martinez - Texas A&M University
    Tavia Prouhet - Texas A&M University
    Michelle Simms - Texas A&M University
    Nikki Williams - Texas A&M University
    Abstract Title: Advancing Spatial Thinking in the Classroom.

  • 8:09 AM Author(s):
    *Mandy Munro-Stasiuk - Kent State University
    Donna Witter - Kent State University
    Jospeh Ortiz - Kent State University
    Scott Sheridan - Kent State University
    Abstract Title: NEOGEO: Providing Effective Teacher Professional Development Opportunities.

  • 8:11 AM Author(s):
    *Vanessa Myers - Kent State University
    *Wayne Kline - Kent State University
    Abstract Title: GK-12: Bringing Weather Into the Classroom.

  • 8:13 AM Author(s):
    *Eric Lutz - Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University
    Teresa Cohn - Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University
    Lisa J. Graumlich - Big Sky Institute, Montana State University
    Abstract Title: Science and Society Fellows: A GK-12 Program at Montana State University.

  • 8:15 AM Author(s):
    *Carol P. Harden - University of Tennessee
    Angela Danovi - University of Tennessee
    Saskia van de Gevel-Edidin - University of Tennessee
    Ann Tillett - Carpenters Middle School
    Victoria Headrick - Carpenters Middle School
    Abstract Title: NSF GK-12 Research Collaboration Between University of Tennessee and Carpenters Middle School in Blount County, Tennessee.

  • 8:17 AM Author(s):
    *Pamela Skraastad-Jurney
    Abstract Title: RAISE-ing the Standard of Education in Oklahoma.

  • 8:19 AM Author(s):
    *Christopher A. Underwood - The University of Tennessee
    Saskia L. van de Gevel - The University of Tennessee
    Gregory G. Metcalf - Heritage Middle School
    Victoria Headrick - Carpenters Middle School
    Sally P. Horn - The University of Tennessee
    Abstract Title: Using Mastodon Matrix to Teach Earth Science to Middle School Students.

  • 8:21 AM Author(s):
    *Yvette Vlack - Kent State University
    Abstract Title: Reasons For The Seasons: Creating Hands-On Inquiry-Based Activities From Cookbook Labs.

  • 8:23 AM Author(s):
    *Bethany I Hart - Kent State University Carol J Hochstetler - Dalton Local Schools
    Abstract Title: Engage, Interact, And Inspire: A Two-Week Journey Into The Hydrologic Cycle Through Inquiry.

  • 8:25 AM Author(s):
    *Bethaney Bosley - Kent State University *Debra Mokaren - Kent State University
    Abstract Title: Implementing inquiry-based activities in Louisville Middle School, Ohio.

  • 8:27 AM Author(s):
    *BJ Arnold - Kent State University
    Abstract Title: Using a GeoScape garden to teach an inquiry-based 8th grade earth science unit.

  • 8:29 AM Author(s):
    *Melissa Danielle George middle school science teacher - Tecumseh Middle School/Purdue University
    Enrico Nino Manes, GK-12 Graduate Fellow - Purdue University
    Deborah Bennett, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology - Purdue University
    Abstract Title: Evolution of Earthquake Theories in a Classroom Community.

  • 8:31 AM Author(s):
    *Jonathan M. Harbor - Purdue University and UCDHSC
    Melissa Dark - Purdue University
    Deborah Bennett - Purdue University
    Carrie Davis Todd - Purdue University
    Abstract Title: Interdisciplinary GK-12 teams working with middle school science and math in rural Indiana.

  • 8:33 AM Discussant:
    Anne Chin - National Science Foundation
  • 8:38 AM Discussant:
    Thomas J. Baerwald - National Science Foundation

Session Description: Graduate students, faculty, and teachers will present on NSF-funded projects that pair graduate fellows with K-12 teachers to enhance instruction in geography and the geosciences. Several current GK-12 projects involve graduate students and faculty with research interests in biogeography and geomorphology who are sharing and conducting research in these areas with K-12 students and teachers. Other projects have strong emphases on remote sensing, GIS, and spatial learning. This session will include illustrated papers from a diversity of current and past GK-12 projects. Participants will focus on project activities as well as learning outcomes research associated with these activities. The session is intended to showcase what GK-12 projects are doing, and what we are learning from these projects, as well as to help others interested in applying for NSF GK-12 funding to understand how geographers and geoscientists have developed and run these programs.

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