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2016;105-125. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56745-1_6.

Authenticating interdisciplinary learning through a geoscience undergraduate research experience.

R A Blake, J Liou-Mark

UIID-AD: 4119 DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-56745-1_6


The geosciences may be the most interdisciplinary of all STEM disciplines. Earth system sciences and the complex sub-systems of the cryosphere, the atmosphere, the lithosphere, the biosphere, and the hydrosphere subsume all human activity and are critical to every aspect of life on Earth. Therefore, by their very natures, the geosciences are rife with copious interdisciplinary strands and themes that are waiting to be explored by students from a wide range of STEM disciplines. With studies highlighting the benefits of authentic undergraduate research experiences, an innovative program was designed to have STEM students actively and collaboratively construct their knowledge of the geosciences. Results indicate that the geoscience research experiences increased the students’ understanding of the relevancy of their interdisciplinary study to society. © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016.

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