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Professor, Geoscience Education
Year Started at JMU: 2005
Contact Info

Research Description

I use my background in K-12 and college-level STEM education and program assessment and evaluation to support teachers of science at the preservice and inservice career stages.  I also support student research that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the BA-Earth Science program, namely communicating science to non-scientific audiences. I currently serve as the Co-director for the James Madison University Center for STEM Education and Outreach and Coordinator for Science Teacher Preparation in the College of Science and Mathematics at JMU.  I am also an NAGT Counselor for Virginia and serve on the Preservice Teacher Preparation Committee for NSTA.

  • GEOL 110: Physical Geology
  • GEOL 167: History & Philosophy of the Geosciences
  • GEOL 272: Planetary Geology
  • GEOL 291: Geowriting
  • GEOL 367: Genesis of Solid Earth Materials
  • GEOL 398: Earth & Environmental Science in Ireland
  • GEOL 399: Field Methods in Geology
  • GEOL 477: Contemporary Issues in the Geosciences
  • ISCI 161: Science Processes
  • ISCI 162: Science of the Planets
  • PhD in Science Education, 1995, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • MS in Geology, 1986, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • BS in Earth Science, 1983, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Select Publications
  • Pyle, E. J., Darling, A., Kreager, Z., & Conrad, H. (2018). Research on Students' Conceptual Understanding of Geology/Solid Earth Science Content. In St. John, K. (Ed.) (2018). A Community Framework for Geoscience Education Research. National Association of Geoscience Teachers. DOI: 10.25885/ger_framework/2.
  • Pyle, E. J., Niepold, F., Haas, D., Wysession, M., & Manning, C. (2018). An Exploration of Ideas Related to the Understanding and Teaching of Climate Science and Climate Change. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association. 
  • Whitmeyer, S. J., Pyle, E. J., Pavlis, T. L., Swanger, W., & Roberts, L (2018). Modern approaches to field data collection and mapping: Digital methods, crowdsourcing, and the future of statistical analyses. Journal of Structural Geology, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.06.023.

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