Glaciers and blueberries : development and trial runs of a field-based earth science workshop designed for Nova Scotia teachers
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Glaciers and Blueberries was a field-based earth science workshop developed and conducted in May and October 2018 for grade 4 and 7 teachers within the Chignecto Family of Schools catchment area. Quantitative and qualitative data consisted of questionnaires completed by an expert panel of 10 geoscientists and eight participants from the two separate workshops, as well as an analysis of completed workbooks by the workshop participants created specifically for the workshop. The teachers’ pre- and post-field trip views show an increase in their confidence and comfort with conducting a field trip. The expert panel emphasized logistics, field trip activities, and knowledge as key characteristics, which closely aligned to the teachers’ views. The workshops were effective in providing hands-on activities, an inquiry-based approach, and increased knowledge of earth science processes and concepts. Improving teacher attendance, developing a modularized workbook template, and integrating field-based learning were identified as future areas of development.
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