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Geocognition is the study of how people think and learn about the geosciences. It is a component of the geoscience education research field
which includes the investigation of teaching and learning about the Earth and its processes. 

Our work in the Auburn Geocognition and Geoscience Education research lab includes a focus on geoscience education and complex Earth systems (e.g., global change). Specifically, we are interested in addressing questions that examine how to  engage individuals in geoscience related materials, the misconceptions and mental models do people hold about complex systems, the psychomotor responses (e.g., eye movements, skin conductance) that occur when people are exposed to geoscience related materials and experiences, and best practices in teaching and learning about the Earth's systems.

Our work is important to science and society alike. As we learn what people know, understand, misunderstand, engage in, perceive, and interpret, we also gain insights to and can test communication and teaching strategies that emphasize the Earth's systems and the associated processes, dynamics, and complexities. By working to close the communication gap between scientists  and the public, we come closer to discovering global change solutions that can be implemented by an informed citizenry. Additionally, we learn best practices in engaging a diverse audiences in the geosciences.


DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GEOCOGNITION AND GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION?  

DO YOU WANT TO SOLVE PROBLEMS THAT  ADDRESS TEACHING AND LEARNING IN GEOSCIENCES WITH FORMAL AND INFORMAL AUDIENCES? 

DO YOU CARE ABOUT GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION? 

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN THE GEOSCIENCES?

DO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO PURSUE A GRADUATE DEGREE IN THIS FIELD? 
 
PLEASE CONTACT DR. MCNEAL, karen.mcneal@auburn.edu.




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