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Teaching of mineral sciences

We invite you to utilize the 20th IMA General Meeting for organised common discussions about the future and best practice of teaching Mineral Sciences in the 21st century.
We believe that proper, solid presence of mineral sciences in higher education in an economy and environment sensitive society is a prerequisite for sustainability.
Come and share your personal experience and expertise with colleagues from all continents and help finding a more solid future for teaching Mineral Sciences!
As, for most of us, teaching is not an alternative but parallel activity with research, and, moreover, teaching itself is typically not supported with dedicated grants, no abstract fee is applied if you, after submitting a scientific contribution, submit a second abstract to the Teaching of Mineral Sciences session.

Background

Significant changes started in Mineral Sciences world-wide in the 1980s; sometimes they seemed to threaten future teaching of Mineral Sciences at all levels of education.
In response, academic circles tried to identify the particular long-term values of Mineral Sciences in contrast to other fields of science and, by combining the different traditions and experiences of the universities involved, to find the best way for embedding these values in the 21st century higher education.

Worldwide interest in Teaching Mineral Sciences

The interest in Teaching Mineral Sciences was stirred world-wide by a debate on Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)'s Talk-list on Optical Mineralogy (February-March 2006) that has evolved into a generalized discussion on Teaching Mineral Sciences in general. Currently this is done through a Mineralogy-Petrology-Geochemistry Community Discussion Board hosted by the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, USA. In 2007, a Special issue of Elements was dedicated to this "hot subject": On the Cutting Edge. Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry, while in 2008, the Outreach page of the same journal referred to the Introducing geology to high school students.

A European perspective

In Europe, a representative group of universities, with the support of the European Mineralogical Union (EMU), decided in 1997 to form a Consortium for finding a proper European response to these challenges at the Higher Education level teaching of Mineral Sciences. In the framework of several Curriculum Development programmes co-financed by the European Commission, by 2004 this Consortium has proposed a EuroBachelor in Mineral Sciences degree programme and additionally well-defined Mineral Sciences modules for related curricula leading to other 1st Cycle (undergraduate level) degrees e.g. Earth Sciences, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Materials Science (including Physics, Chemistry), Engineering, Medical Sciences, Arts & Humanities etc., all with their applied developments. By the end of 2008, the Consortium (since 2004 called EUROMIN) has proposed a general framework of a student-oriented Mineral Sciences programme at the 2nd Cycle (Master) level (EuroMaster in Mineral Sciences), which could be then used as reference degree throughout the European Higher Education Area. The EUROMIN project's homepage provides an active interface for the dissemination of the project in the large Mineral Sciences-related Higher Education Institutions and the professional community.

Teaching Mineral Sciences in the framework of IMA

The Mineral Sciences professionals' interest in education issues has been proved by a successful "Teaching of Mineral Sciences in the 21st Century" session at the 18th IMA GM in Edinburgh (2002), sponsored by the IMA Commission on History and Teaching (IMA CHT), and the Mineral Sciences-related Socrates/Erasmus projects financed by the European Commission. In 2006, at the 19th IMA GM, not independently from the termination of IMA CHT, that session was not included in the scientific programme, the only perspective on education in Mineral Sciences was provided through a museum-related perspective. We feel that in 2010 there is a clear need for the continuation of the 2002 activities.

 

 

Tamás G. Weiszburg          Dana Pop              Erzsébet Tóth