The Good Earthis the product of collaboration between the content rigor provided by Earth Science specialists (McConnell, Steer) and the results of research on learning as contributed by pedagogical experts (Knight, Owens).The Good Earthhas been explicitly designed to be compatible with inquiry-based, active learning in the college classroom.
The structural elements of this text will allow the instructor to incorporate these student-centered teaching methods into their Earth Science course. The authors have tested the book's content and pedagogy in large Earth Science classes for non-majors that are populated with mostly freshmen. Their experiences show that the materials and methods inThe Good Earthcan improve students' learning, increase daily attendance, reduce attrition, and increase students' enthusiasm in comparison with classes taught following a traditional lecture format.The authors have chosen to emphasize three scientific themes throughout the text: i) scientific literacy; ii) Earth Science and the human experience; and, iii) the science of global change. The discussion of scientific methods is woven into the text throughout. They have included numerous examples of human interaction with the Earth that can serve as entry points for students to appreciate the nature of science. Global change is a theme that is evident in much current Earth Science research so our authors have used global change as a content theme throughout the book.
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|Introduction to Earth Science|
|Earth in Space|
|Volcanoes and Other Mountains|
|Rocks and Minerals|
|Weathering and Soils|
|Landslides and Slope Failure|
|Streams and Floods|
|Groundwater and Wetlands|
|Oceans and Coastlines|
|Earth's Climate System|
Katherine M. B. Owens, Ph.D., is adjunct professor at the University of Reginaand a clinical lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan. Clinically, Owens serves asa senior psychologist at a community mental health clinic and a private practicetherapist. She practices, teaches, and supervises psychology and psychiatry studentsin the cognitive behavioral model, specializing in anxiety disorders, depression, andneuropsychological assessment. In her spare time, she engages in many volunteercontributions, having recently traveled to Haiti to provide post-disaster psychologicalservices. She lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., is professor and director of graduate training at RyersonUniversity in Toronto. He is also director of research at the Anxiety Treatment andResearch Centre at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, and past-presidentof the Canadian Psychological Association. An award-winning researcher, Antony iscoauthor of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough,and more than twenty-five other books. His research, writing, and clinical practicefocus on cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Hehas been widely quoted in the American and Canadian media.