Teaching Geosciences: new challenges and opportunities
|Convener: Nikolaus J. Kuhn | Co-Conveners: Ana Maria Tarquis , Joseph Liddicoat , María Fernández Raga , Estela Nadal Romero|
Environmental issues like climate change, peak soil and natural disasters are more than ever before issues that are not only present in the news, but require informed decisions by scientists, planners and policy makers, but also each individual consumer and voter. Teaching geosciences therefore faces a challenge because an increasing number of people with a range of backgrounds have to be educated about the environment. The emerging understanding of the complexity of the earth system and generally strained resources increase the challenge for teachers from primary schools to higher education. At the same time, unprecedented access to information is provided by the internet and the progressing information technology offers new forms of teaching. This session aims at sharing experiences and ideas for teaching environmental sciences across the range of geo-disciplines and levels of eduction. A particular emphasis is given to use of new media, higher education and public outreach.