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Title: Does Sketching promote student learning? A review on undergraduate geology students
Authors: Reichow, M. K.
First Published: 2018
Publisher: University of Leicester Open Journals
Citation: Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2018, 1(2)
Abstract: Sketching is an important way in science and other disciplines for illustrating complex concepts into more digestible formats and has therefore long been engrained in the field of Geology either for research or teaching purposes. The following report outlines an assessment of a compulsory second year undergraduate geology module where illustrations are implemented and form a key part of the student’s learning process. The intendent learning outcomes are assessed through the submission of a practical folder and an exam including a practical component. The module receives critical but highly positive reviews from the student cohort who achieve overall good marks. However, a key difference in student performance between the practical components of the exam compared to that of the coursework is apparent. Practical components are problem-based and intended to offer the students an opportunity to engage with the complexity of a given task and sketching intended to increase the student-learning process through exploration. The benefits of sketching are unequivocally clear but it remains open whether students use illustrations to enhance the learning process to their full potential. Introduction of a learning-cycle approach appeared to have improved student performance and is recommended to promote student learning.
DOI Link: 10.29311/jlthe.v1i2.826
ISSN: 2517-7575
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited, and that any contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.
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