Nebraska Academy of Sciences


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1996. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, 23: 115-123. Copyright © 1996 Kaplan.


During the Spring Semester of 1995-96, a large introductory- level geology class, Life of the Past, was re-structured from a traditional lecture format into a format that incorporated journaling, group work, cooperative learning, group presentations, self-assessment, and lectures. Some minor adjustments were made at the half-way point because of suggestions made on mid-semester evaluations. Based on a questionnaire distributed to randomly-selected former students, the overall class performance, and the final class evaluation, the new format was judged highly successful.

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