Beyond Hands On
Incorporating Kinesthetic Learning in an Undergraduate Paleontology Class
Part of Elements of Paleontology
- Author: David W. Goldsmith, Westminster College, Utah
Hands-on learning in paleontology, and geology in general, is fairly common practice. Students regularly use rocks, fossils, and data in the classroom throughout their undergraduate career, but they typically do it sitting in a chair in a lab. Kinesthetic learning is a teaching model that requires students to be physically active while learning. Students may be involved in a physical activity during class or might be using their own bodies to model some important concept. This Element briefly discusses the theory behind kinesthetic learning and how it fits into a student-centered, active-learning classroom. It then describes in detail methods for incorporating it into student exercises on biostratigraphy, assessment of sampling completeness, and modeling evolutionary processes. Assessment data demonstrates that these exercises have led to significantly improved student learning outcomes tied to these concepts.
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- Date Published: January 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108695596
- contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 table
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
2. What is kinesthetic learning?
3. Moving while learning
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