Field Geology Teaching Practices

  • Greene, J. P., Kisida, B., & Bowen, D. H., 2014, The Educational Value of Field Trips. Education Next, 14(1), 78–86.
  • Issigonis , M., 2006, Field Trips as an Aid to Teaching Earth Science Courses. The Earth Scientist, 22(3): 14–16.
  • Johnson, J.K., and Reynolds, S.J., 2005, Concept sketches – Using student- and instructor-generated annotated sketches for learning, teaching, and assessment in geology courses. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53: 85–95.
  • Orion, N., and Hofstein, A. (1994). Factors that influence learning during a scientific field trip in a natural environment. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 31: 1097–1119.
  • Russell, H.R., 1998, Ten-Minute Field Trips (3rd ed.), National Science Teachers Association: Alexandria, VA. (Focused on elementary and junior high; chapter on Earth science p.113–137.)
  • Shulman, L. S., 2005, Signature pedagogies in the professions. Daedalus, 134(3): 52–59. Whitmeyer, S.J., Pyle, E.J., Mogk, D.W. (eds.), 2009, Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches, GSA Special Papers volume 461. (29 articles, focused on undergraduate education.)
  • Extraordinary Science Field Trips, NSTA Reports, Summer 2013, 25(1): 1–2. [PDF]
  • My Geologic Address: Locating Oneself in Geologic Time and Process, by Ault, K., SERC InTeGrate workshop “Teaching the Methods of Geoscience” activities
  • Teaching in the Field, National Association of Geoscience Teachers. (Set of resources for teaching field geology.)

Guides to Fieldwork

(Mostly focused on post secondary education, but useful as references)

  • Coe, Angela; Argles, Thomas; Rothery, David and Spicer, Robert, 2010, Geological Field Techniques. Wiley Blackwell: Chichester. (This is a current standard.)
  • Compton, Robert R., 1962, Manual of Field Geology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New York.(an old classic)
  • Compton, R., 1985, Geology in the field. Wiley: New York. (an updated version)
  • Lambert, David, 2006, The field guide to geology. The Diagram Group.
  • Lisle, R., Brabham, P. & Barnes, J., 2011, Basic geological mapping. Chichester, West Sussex Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Maley, Terry S., 2005, Field Geology Illustrated, Second Edition, Mineral Land Publications: Boise, Idaho.
  • Mathur, S.M., 2004, Guide to Field Geology. New Delhi: Prentice Hall of India.
  • Spencer, E., 2006, Geologic maps : a practical guide to the preparation and interpretation of geologic maps. Long Grove, Ill: Waveland Press.
  • Walker, J. & Cohen, H., 2009, The geoscience handbook AGI data sheets. Alexandria, Va: American Geological Institute.
  • Walker, J. Douglas, and Harvey A. Cohen, 2007, The Geoscience Handbook: AGI Data Sheets, 4th edition, American Geological Institute.
  • How to read a geologic map, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey