Hands-On Activities to Teach Physical Concepts in Oceanography

The Oceanography Society has published a supplement to the journal Oceanography that provides hands-on activities with strong content support to teach physical concepts in oceanography. The activities are presented as they were presented to college undergraduates, but the authors say that middle and high school teachers successfully adapted some of the activities.
Teaching Physical Concepts in Oceanography – An Inquiry-Based Approach, by Lee Karp-Boss, Emmanuel Boss, Herman Weller, James Loftin, and Jennifer Albright, The Oceanography Society, (TOS), August 2009.

from the Introduction:
” … offers a collection of hands-on/minds-on activities for teaching physical concepts that are fundamental in oceanography. These key concepts include density, pressure, buoyancy, heat and temperature, and gravity waves. …
“… The activities described in this supplement were developed as part of a Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) collaboration between scientists and education specialists, and they were implemented in two undergraduate courses that targeted sophomores, juniors, and seniors … and in four, week-long workshops for middle- and high school science eachers…
“… For each [concept], we provide background information followed by detailed descriptions and explanations of hands-on activities. …
“… Science teachers who participated in our workshops have successfully adapted some of the activities to their middle- and high-school classes.”

Downloadable pdf format available

Single printed copies are available upon request from info@tos.org.

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