For introductory courses in physical geology.
Encouraging students to observe, discover, and visualize, How Does Earth Work? Second Edition engages students with an inquiry-based learning method that develops a solid interpretation of introductory geology. Like geology detectives, students learn to think through the scientific process and uncover evidence that explains earth’s mysteries.
OBSERVEIntegrated learning tools facilitate the inquiry-based learning method, beginning with observations and questions.
- In the Field: Chapters open with an essay that places a curious investigator in a realistic field or lab setting to observe and ask questions about geological phenomena.
- Inquiry-based learning method is further illustrated throughout the chapter with headings in the form of questions that are then wrapped up in section-ending Putting It Together boxes.
- Plate tectonics: To encourage inquiry and application of scientific reasoning, Smith and Pun establish an understanding of the nature of geologic materials and phenomena before fully developing the theory by which they are explained. Observations are first in scientific methodology, so when introducing plate tectonics in Chapter 1, the emphasis is on the general phenomena at plate boundaries.
The inquiry-based learning method is further developed as students discover the process of science as it is applied to the key concepts in geology.
- How Do We Know section in each chapter illustrates the scientific method in practice by detailing a scientific study to show how knowledge of the chapter content was obtained.
- Real connections: Integrated real-world connections link topics to issues of societal concern or relevant experience to increase appreciation of the value of discovering science.
- Plate tectonics: The background introduced in Chapter 1 permits integration of plate tectonics into the chapters that follow, culminate in thorough development of the theory in Chapter 12 (after students have a firm grasp of the geological materials and structural features required to understand the theory) instead of simply presenting salient features as undisputed fact.
Artful visualizations enhance the inquiry-based learning method.
- Art for Observation: Annotated illustrations with thoughtful descriptions help students visually observe the hypotheses that culminate throughout the inquiry-based learning method.
- Active Art: A narrator walks students through highly interactive Active Art animations on the Companion Website, which is accessible via an access card bound into new books, or for purchase at www.mygeoscienceplace.com.
- Plate tectonics: Figure 12.43 offers a dynamic illustration of plate motions through geologic time and is accompanied by an Active Art animated tutorial online.
- A Companion Website furthers student Investigation at www.mygeoscienceplace.com:
- Extension Modules facilitate textbook brevity by offering supplemental feature topics some background material and more detailed examples.
- Active Art animations, allow students to visualize and master some of the most difficult concepts in the course.
- myeBook version of the text integrates the multimedia platforms of this dynamic learning program.
- Access codes are bound into new copies of the textbook, or may be purchased stand-alone at www.mygeoscienceplace.com.
- Instructor's Resource Center provides you with all the tools you need for teaching at www.pearsonhighered.com/irc:
All of the line art, tables, and photos from the text in .jpg files.
PowerPoints for lecture outlines, Classroom Response System quizzing, or art and animations
Art Animations from textbook references for classroom projection.
Images of Earth photo gallery
Test Item File in Microsoft Word now includes new inquiry-based learning questions provided by Jennifer Cole of Northeastern University.
Instructor's Resource Guide in Microsoft Word helps engage any class size in inquiry-based active learning with: