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Education and Cognition

The Geocognition Lab examines how people perceive and understand the Earth and its history. Professor Libarkin is a leader in geocognition research, whose work includes novel approaches to research on visual representation, discourse, and reasoning through analogs. 

Other faculty in this area are active participants in local, state, and national science education organizations who provide professional development for science teachers in Michigan and nationally and informal science education opportunities to the lay public in Michigan and elsewhere (see "Outreach" page).

Lab Webpage

Geocognition Research Lab


Danita Brandt - Informal Science Education Outreach

Julie Libarkin - Head, Geocognition Lab

M. Jane Rice - Preservice Science Teacher Education

Emeritus Faculty

Jan Eberhardt - Science Education

Kazuya Fujita - Earth Science Education Outreach

Merle Heidemann - Science Education

Joyce Parker - Science Education

Duncan Sibley - STEM



Interim Department Chair:
Dr. Jeffrey Freymueller
  (517) 355-4626

Department Office:
 Natural Science Bldg
288 Farm Lane, Rm 207
East Lansing, MI 48824
  (517) 355-4626
  (517) 353-8787