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Universities involvement of undergraduates in surface and groundwater research projects. Isiorho, S. A. (PhD) (Professor of Geosciences) Indiana University – Purdue University Ft. Wayne (IPFW) Fort Wayne, IN 46805 USA [email protected]
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Isiorho, S. A. (PhD)
(Professor of Geosciences)
Indiana University – Purdue University Ft. Wayne (IPFW)
Fort Wayne, IN 46805 USA
Presented at the Int. Conference on Infrastructure Development and the Environment (ICIDEN-ABUJA 2006) Sept. 10-15, 2006
Isiorho's paper Presented GSA May 19, 2005
. **Transmit knowledge…develop competence…skills and conceptual abilities
. ***Facilitate understanding … to understand subject matter … apply
. ****Change students’ conceptions … reality … different knowledge … develop conceptual framework …same level , and
. *****Support student learning…student centered…more at graduate level
TLs can be used to gauge faculty effectiveness in engaging undergraduates…most faculties are at the first two levels (Akerson et al, 2005).
Getting faculty to be at or near the upper level would require that faculty review and change their teaching methods, injecting some research based or service learning into the curriculum.Teaching Levels (TLs) in ascending order Samuelowicz & Bain (1992)
Service learning usually involves students, the community, linking field and laboratory studies...How do we get there?
Flexibility of topic…selected by students …subject to instructor’s approval
Students are required to present their findings to their peers (using Power Point)
“Optional” students presentation in local, regional or national meetings (if project is deemed appropriate).
Travel fund for outside campus presentationIncentives & Requirement
Effect of Bag type & Size on seepage*
Anthropogenic effect on nearby wetland
Use of Wetland for removal of pollutants
Wetland a topic for interdisciplinary discussions
Pesticides pollution within St. Joseph Watershed
Monitoring and implication for water related problem
Effects of quarry operations on landfill hydrogeology
Relationship between Bowman lake and groundwater
Relationship between Lake Chad and underlying aquifers*
Heavy metal analysis of the LN ditch, Allen County, INSome Students’ Projects
Effect of Bag type & Size on seepageHighlighted Projects
Depth to groundwater measurement
Interaction with Earthwatch volunteers
Published in Ground Water 1996 Vol. 34 No. 4, p 819-826
Cited in Bulletin of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, Biogeochemistry, and J. of Environmental Management.Lake Chad Project
No significance between bag types
Would recommend using large seepage meters to minimize variations
Published in Ground Water vol. 37(3) p 411-413,1999
Cited by 7 authors in 4 Int. journals…J. Hydrology, Groundwater, Water resources & Limnology & OceanographyEffect of Bag type and Size on Seepage
Involving undergraduates in research projects introduces them to scientific methods, real world learning, provides teaching materials for instructors, and getting published too.
Undergraduates can help to solve environmental problems when given the opportunity
It’s a win-win situation for students, instructors, and societySummary & Conclusions