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Beyond Hands On
Incorporating Kinesthetic Learning in an Undergraduate Paleontology Class


Part of Elements of Paleontology

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108717878

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  • 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108717878
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 3 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. What is kinesthetic learning?
    3. Moving while learning
    4. Assessment
    5. Conclusions.

  • Author

    David W. Goldsmith, Westminster College, Utah

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