Te Kura Kōhatu (School of Rock 2018) completion report

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Terezow, M.; Hollis, C.J.; Shepherd, C.L.; Cooper, S.K.; Hayward, B.W.; White, L. 2018 Te Kura Kōhatu (School of Rock 2018) completion report. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science miscellaneous series 126. 95 p.; doi: 10.21420/Q9YF-N837

Abstract:

Te Kura Kōhatu (School of Rock 2018) was a nine-day ship- and field-based introduction to geoscience for formal and informal science educators from New Zealand and overseas, which took place in Auckland, New Zealand, from 5 to 13 July 2018. School of Rock (SoR) is a professional development opportunity offered by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and spearheaded by the United States Science Support Program (USSSP). The program aims to empower science educators with practical knowledge and skills to teach geoscience more confidently. Te Kura Kōhatu was supported by the USSSP, the Australia and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC), GNS Science, and the University of Auckland. Te Kura Kōhatu focused on Pacific Rim geology and coincided with the Auckland port call of the JOIDES Resolution (JR) at the end of IODP Expedition 376. The program started onboard the JR, where the participants learned about IODP science and undertook lab activities. For the remainder of the program, the group was based at locations around Auckland, with one day at the labs of the University of Auckland. The participants visited a total of 12 outstanding field sites, each with a fascinating geoscience story. The participants were a mix of American, Australian and New Zealand educators and varied widely in their prior geology experience. At the end of the course, all participants showed a greater understanding of and expressed more enthusiasm for earth science, which they have started to bring into their teaching streams. The feedback from participants has been very positive, with the most common words to describe the experience being “inspiring, educational, engaging, informative”. (auth)