A call for a new geoscience education research agenda

Elizabeth B. Lewis, Dale R. Baker

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A lack of qualified teachers and low enrollment in the geosciences exist at both secondary and tertiary levels in the United States. Consequently, it is unlikely that students will be able to achieve scientific literacy without an increase in both of these populations. To address these problems, we pose research questions, highlight socioculturel theories, and provide examples of other science education research as possible avenues by which to explore these related problems. We argue that such research studies are necessary to inform, science education policy and advance national scientific literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-129
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Science Teaching
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Geoscience education, earth and space science teacher education, undergraduate enrollment, scientific literacy, sociocultural research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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