Syllabus for 
GEO 589 Research for Earth Science Teachers

Earth Science Education Advisor: Gilbert N. Hanson

Office: 310 ESS Building
Telephone: 631-632-8210,


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Course Description
This course is intended to provide Earth Science teachers or graduate students in Earth Science Education an opportunity to obtain research experience. A written research report and/or a science walk or drive is required.

What is research?

According to Websters New World Dictionary Research is: Careful, systematic, patient study and investigation in some field of knowledge, undertaken to discover or establish facts or principles. A requirement of research is that the results be made available to others.

You may do the research with any faculty member in Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences or Geology. You will need to get permission from Gil Hanson before starting the research.

How Will the Results Be Reported?

Due to the potentially diverse nature of the projects, the type of information in each research report may be quite different. In general each report should include

You may wish to visit the web pages of previous years participants at  Earth Science Research Project Home Page .

If you are planning to do a research project with Gil Hanson

Each student will select an independent research project in consultation with me. We will emphasize surveys, field trips and self-guided science walks. The reason is to better understand the geology of an area. This requires a geological survey using topographic maps, air photos, field observations and published geological information. With this information you can develop field trips and self-guided science walks. These will increase the interest of both the teachers and students in their natural surroundings. They will also show how the Earth Sciences relate to biology, chemistry and physics. You are encouraged to do this research near the school where you are teaching. If you are not yet a teacher, you are encouraged to develop a range of field trips and science walks on the Stony Brook campus. These will be prototypes for similar efforts that can be made near your school.

You may also choose to develop new research projects for earth science students. Such projects should allow students to make their own observations and to collect their own data locally, that is, near school or home.