Perspectives on Earth and Space Sciences Educational Research

Introducing PESSER

The AGU Education Section launched our Perspectives on Earth and Space Science Educational Research (PESSER) – a series of opinion pieces on recently published educational research studies in the field of Earth and Space Sciences - in April 2020. Now in its third volume, the PESSER series aims to highlight subjects that are relative and novel in the educational section of earth and space sciences.

In the first issue of PESSER’s Volume 3, Sunday Siomades from Pennsylvania State University discusses the costs, benefits, and risks associated with traditional field trips, alternative ways to experience the geosciences beyond traditional field trips, and how the two formats (traditional and alternative) might be combined with creative tools to support learning for future geoscientists. Siomades emphasizes that inspiration derived from in-person field visits provides a source of sustainability for all scientists and also encourages new scientists (particularly students and those early in their careers) to join their fields in the first place, and that technology-assisted trips can provide safety-conscious alternatives to traditional methods without neglecting the value of physical field experience.

We hope that you find the series a good way to engage with ideas from recently published educational research!

Full PESSER Series

Volume 3  (2022)
  • Issue 1, April 2022: "Why Physical Science Should Stay Physical: The Importance of the Field Trip" by Sunday Siomades

Volume 2  (2021)

Volume 1  (2020)
  • Issue 5, December 2020: "Education for Sustainable Development for 2030: Why it matters to us all" by Fumiko Noguchi
  • Issue 4, October 2020: "Resilience Approach for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals: From University Education Fields" by Mika Shimizu
  • Issue 3, August 2020: "Empowering Students to Act" by Lisa Gilbert
  • Issue 2, June 2020: "Inclusive Earth and Space Science Education: (Re-)challenging our assumptions" by Vincent Tong
  • Issue 1, April 2020: "A potential way to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on earth and space sciences education: immersive technologies" by Shahab Karimifard