The Radford University Geology Department is pleased to announce the fifth offering of the Summer Field School For Teachers (Geol 445/545). This popular course is for 6-semester hours credits at the 400 or 500 level. It is intended as in-service training for secondary school earth science teachers, middle school physical science teachers, and for pre-service teachers. This course is fully funded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia under the Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act and is being offered in conjunction with the Henry, Roanoke, and Washington County School Systems. The Field School has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education for earth science endorsement, retraining and recertification. Prerequisite is a year (two courses) in general geology or instructor consent.
The Field School consists of intensive training and hands-on experience in geological field techniques and in the geology of Virginia. The course is content-oriented, and provides an in-depth look at how geologists collect and analyze field data and observations. Emphasis is placed on field identification of rocks and minerals, use of topographic maps in mapping, collection of basic geological data including the use of a Brunton Compass, and in the understanding of the geology, geomorphology, geologic history, and environmental concerns of Virginia. Field exercises will include numerous day trips from the home base at Radford University to see the geology of the Valley and Ridge and Blue Ridge in detail. An actual geologic mapping project will be conducted by the course participants. The course will end with a 5-day Grand Virginia Tour of the geology of Virginia that will build the 'big picture' of Virginia's geology as we travel from mountains to sea. The Tour includes visits to the Piedmont of central Virginia, the Tidewater area including Seashore State Park, Northern Virginia including Great Falls, and the Mesozoic Basins. During the course, all of the geologic provinces of Virginia will be visited and discussed, along with the latest research and plate tectonic theories on the origin of Virginia rocks, especially in light of the recently published state geologic map. Participants will learn about the geology or their particular home region. There will be opportunities to collect rocks of all major classifications as well as numerous fossil species. Opportunities to photograph major landforms and geologic features will exist also. The philosophy is that to learn geology, one must do geology. The class spends most of its time outdoors and is geared for the rock-lover who doesn't mind getting his/her hands dirty. Warning: this class is demanding, challenging, and intellectually stimulating!!!
(Dates will depend on the schedules of participant's school systems.)
The course begins with 2 correspondence exercises in May. The on-campus portion will run as follows:
Enrollment is limited to 24 participants, so please return the application quickly as demand has been heavy in past years. The course requires some hiking over rough terrain, so participants must be in very good physical condition. Day schedules generally begin at 8 and end before 5, although due to extensive travel on the longer trips, we occasionally return in the early evening.
Participants are encouraged to seek funding from their own school divisions for additional costs such as room and board at Radford University. For participants who are unable to secure funding from their school divisions, the Field School Eisenhower grant will provide room and board for some participants. Radford University will waive tuition charges. We will also offer a $500 stipend.
The Geology Field School has been very highly rated by past participants. A sampling of typical comments from the final evaluations from previous offerings is as follows:
We are currently assembling a list of teachers for consideration for enrollment. If you would like to be on that list, please return the application form today!!!!!! We expect demand to be heavy!!!
If you would like additional information, please call Dr. Jon Tso (540) 831-5638, or write to the Geology Department, Radford University, Box 6939, Radford, VA 24142. Our e-mail address is email@example.com . Visit us on the World Wide Web: http://www.runet.edu/~fldsch.html
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 16, 1998