Perspectives on Earth and Space Sciences Educational Research

Introducing PESSER

The AGU Education Section is pleased to launch 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.  The PESSER series aims to highlight subjects that are relative and novel in the educational section of earth and space sciences. The series launched in April 2020.

For the fifth Issue of PESSER (December 2020), Fumiko Noguchi, Research Fellow at the United Nations University, discusses the significance of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Noguchi explains how ESD challenges the way of thinking that may lead to an unsustainable society, and the article details plans to advance ESD.

For Vol. 1, Issue 4 (October 2020), Mika Shimizu, Associate Professor at Kyoto University, introduces resilience approaches and emphasizes understanding of interlinkages between natural and human systems so that sustainable development goals (SDGs) may be more easily implemented.  

The third issue of Vol. 1 (released in August 2020) provides perspective and reflection on student empowerment and education from Lisa Gilbert, Professor of Geosciences and Marine Science at Williams-Mystic, Williams College.  Discussions with several of Gilbert's students contributed to and supported the article.

In the second piece of the series, released in June 2020, Vincent Tong, the Section Secretary, invites us to reflect on inclusivity in geoscience education through a review of an article by ​Mattheis et al. (2019)​.

Shahab Karimifard, one of our Section Student Representativesintroduces Klippel et al.'s paper on transforming geoscience education through immersive experiences in Volume 1, Issue 1, the first piece of the series.  His comments on the importance of immersive virtual field trips are particularly timely to our communities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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




Full PESSER Series


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 Karimifar