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A forecasting activity for a large introductory meteorology course
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
  • Douglas N. Yarger, Iowa State University
  • William A. Gallus, Jr., Iowa State University
  • Michael Taber, Northwestern University
  • J. Peter Boysen, Iowa State University
  • Paul Castleberry, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2000
DOI
10.1175/1520-0477(2000)081<0031:AFAFAL>2.3.CO;2
Abstract
A large lecture introductory course at Iowa State University has used a forecasting activity since 1993 to actively engage students in doing science. This automatically scored Web-based activity requires students to evaluate selected weather parameters and to also select appropriate physical reasons for their values. Participants can select from more than 1000 cities in the United States for their forecast city. This activity engages students in doing what practicing meteorologists do. Further, forecast scores demonstrate increased understanding throughout the course. Design considerations were based on constructivist learning theory in order to address goals articulated by national panels; to promote problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills by being involved in scientific inquiry.
Comments

This article is from Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 81 (2000): 31, doi: 10.1175/1520-0477(2000)081<0031:AFAFAL>2.3.CO;2. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
American Meteorological Society
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Douglas N. Yarger, William A. Gallus, Michael Taber, J. Peter Boysen, et al.. "A forecasting activity for a large introductory meteorology course" Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 81 Iss. 1 (2000) p. 31 - 39
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_gallus/32/