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Improve the value of teaching in Earth sciences
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Physical Geography.
2004 (English)In: The 26th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Uppsala, 2004Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the later years the teaching in Earth sciences has faced a lot of problems with less students in Earth sciences. Also, even if there is interest among the public, the knowledge about geology in Sweden is generally decreasing. This is obvious when teaching Earth science in different educations, especially like education for special professionals as teacher education. This is a big problem but also challenge for the Earth science community, since knowledge of the scientific field of Earth science is the foundation for much of the contact between the education, science and society. In the summary of the report to the Ministry of Environment from the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU, 2000), the importance of geological knowledge in the society is repeated through the report. There is also proposals for action pointing out things like the importance with more geology in Swedish schools, teaching the relevance of geology in education for other professionals and information to the public. But, the most work to realize this intentions, lies actually within the Earth science community itself. First of all, the work with teaching must get higher priority and a higher academic value. Teaching and higher quality is not developing automatically just by a common goal for geology or positive advance in scientific research. Even with the start of successful popular events, like “Geologins dag”, there is still a gap between common knowledge and Earth science community. This problem has to be overbuilt to secure the development of Earth science in to the future and to maintain knowledge among people. One of the main problems is the low priority of teaching in Earth sciences for students in geosciences and for other groups than students in geosciences education. One important professions in this matter is the education of teachers to comprehensive school and upper secondary school. Today these are found especially in courses like Geography and Physical geography. Teaching for these groups should be in frontline to give them right tools and knowledge to early wake the interest among young peoples. Also the teaching of Earth science for groups like planners, engineers etc. is of big value for the whole field of geology. Professionals in Earth sciences should not abandon their own knowledge in teaching, but prior the importance of professional teaching for maintaining the quality. References: SGU, 2000. Summary of report to the Ministry of Environment Geological Survey of Sweden.

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Uppsala, 2004.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-482OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:482DiVA, id: diva2:521294
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The 26th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Uppsala, 6-9/1 2004, 2004
Available from: 2004-10-12 Created: 2004-10-12 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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