Visual narratives; using picture books to introduce kids to complex science

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Author(s): Kurtz, Kevin
Volume Title: AGU 2018 fall meeting
Source: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Vol.2018; American Geophysical Union 2018 fall meeting, Washington, DC, Dec. 10-14, 2018. Publisher: American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
Note: In English
Summary: Uncovering Earth's Secrets and Where Wild Microbes Grow are picture books created through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant funding to introduce elementary school age children to the research of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The IODP is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth's history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor sub-seafloor environments. The JOIDES Resolution is the flagship vessel of IODP. Both books are available as free eBooks on the JOIDES Resolution website ( Uncovering Earth's Secrets is a general introduction to the research of the JOIDES Resolution. Where Wild Microbes Grow looks more specifically at the discovery of microbial communities in sub-seafloor environments. The books have no fictional elements, no named characters, and have been downloaded over 50,000 times. This presentation will provide details about the structure of the nonfiction narratives used in both books, the importance of illustrations to help readers grasp the science and engage in the narrative, the decision not to use any characters in the narrative, and the evaluative and anecdotal responses of teachers and children to the books.
Year of Publication: 2018
Research Program: IODP2 International Ocean Discovery Program
Key Words: 15 Miscellaneous and Mathematical Geology; Curricula; Education; International Ocean Discovery Program; JOIDES; K-12 education; Research
Record ID: 2019061692
Copyright Information: GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by, and/or abstract, Copyright, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States

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