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What precursor understandings underlie the ability to make meaning from data?

(June 2013)

Young children have the ability to reconstruct events based on the traces left behind by those events. Would nurturing this ability help them make meaning from data they did not collect themselves?...

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Students' Use of Physical Models to Experience Key Aspects of Scientists' Knowledge Creation Process

This talk was one of a related paper set emerging from a project researching how teachers teach and students learn Earth Science using physical models. Kastens’ contribution was a theory paper exploring how scientists use physical models and computational models to create new knowledge at the frontiers of science...

Teaching and Learning with Data

This talk focused on helping students span the transition from working with small student -collected datasets to large professionally-collected datasets....

What Do Geoscience Novices and Experts Look at and What Do They See when Viewing Geoscience Data Visualizations

This poster was aimed at an interdisciplinary audience who work on all sorts of visualizations across all fields of science and science education. It reports the findings from a study in which we used eye-tracking and video-taped think aloud interviews to study how geoscience novices and experts interpret topographic and bathymetric data visualizations.

Is the Fourth Paradigm really new?

(October 2012)

The "Fourth Paradigm" of Science, which seeks insight by mining vast archives of existing data rather than by doing experiments to gather new data, is being touted as a new method of doing science.  But Walter Pitman mined data archives in 1966, as did Tanya Atwater in 1970, so is “The Fourth Paradigm” really new?...

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