Dr Alison Stokes
Profiles

Dr Alison Stokes

Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Science Education

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Science Education

Stage One Tutor

Qualifications

Education
2011: PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Plymouth University
2000: PhD Geological Sciences, Plymouth University: “Mineral growth and fluid migration in mid-crustal shear zones” 
1996: BSc (Hons) Geological Sciences, Plymouth University (1st class) 

Employment
2013 - current: Lecturer in Earth and Environmental Science Education, Plymouth University
2012 - 2013: Associate Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, Plymouth University
2011 - 2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
2011 - 2011: Project Officer, HEA-GEES Subject Centre, Plymouth University
2005 - 2010: Research Coordinator, Experiential Learning CETL, Plymouth University
2002 - 2005: Operational Crime and Intelligence Analyst, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
2000 - 2002: Recruitment Strategy Manager (Education), Devon County Council

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

  • Diversity in Geoscience UK (DiG-UK): Co-lead (2018-present)
  • Committee of Heads of Environmental Science (CHES): Member of Executive Committe (2017-present)
  • Geological Society of London Higher Education Network: Committee Secretary (2015-2019)
  • International Association for Geoscience Diversity: Executive Counsellor (2014-2016)
  • International Association for Geoscience Diversity: DiG-UK Liaison (2018-present)
  • Journal of Geoscience Education: Editor for Research (2014-present)
  • Journal of Geoscience Education: Associate Editor (2009-2014)


Teaching interests

I currently teach on the following modules:
  • ENVS1009: Sustainability Science (module leader)
  • ENVS1002: The Physical Environment
  • ENVS1010: Global Environmental Challenges
  • GEES1002: Climate Change and Energy
  • ENVS2004: Environmental Issues and Communication (module leader)
  • ENVS3001/3002/3003: Research Project


Research interests

Inclusive science education
Thinking and learning in the geosciences (geocognition)
Fieldwork pedagogy
Science communication and public engagement
Communicating flood risk
Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge

Grants & contracts

  • 2017: HEFCE Catalyst Fund: Embedding and sustaining inclusive STEM practices (co-applicant, Plymouth University Project Lead): £480,050
  • 2017: Pedagogic research and Teaching Innovation Fund (PRTI) (co-applicant with Dr Charlotte Braungardt): £6,974
  • 2017: Pedagogic research and Teaching Innovation Fund (PRTI) (co-applicant with Dr Anne Plessis and Dr Mark Farnworth): £2,030
  • 2014: Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship Award Scheme (PUTFAS): £9,441
  • 2014: Centre for Sustainable Development Small Grants Award (co-applicant with Dr Paul Lunt): £1,000
  • 2014: US National Science Foundation:Enhancing Accessibility in the Geoscience: A Field-Based Workshop for Accommodating Students with Disabilities (co applicant / External Evaluator): $68,729

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Stokes, A., Feig, A.D., Atchison, C.L. & Gilley, B. (Accepted) Making geoscience fieldwork inclusive and accessible for students with disabilities. Geosphere, DOI:10.1130/GES02006.1.

Feig, A.D., Atchison, C.L., Stokes, A. & Gilley, B. (2019) Achieving inclusive field-based education: results and recommendations from an accessible geoscience field trip. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 19 (2), 66-87. DOI: 10.14434/josotl.v19i1.23455.

Stokes, A. & Harmer, N. (2018) The value of 'having a go': trialling a project-based learning activity to inform curriculum design. Journal of Geoscience Education, 66 (4), 278-292. DOI: 10.1080/10899995.2018.1509599

Gibson, H., Stewart, I., Pahl, S. & Stokes, A. (2016) A 'mental models' approach to the communication of subsurface hydrology and hazards. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. DOI: 10.5194/hess-2015-542

Harmer, N. & Stokes, A. (2016) “Choice may not necessarily be a good thing”: Student attitudes to autonomy in interdisciplinary project-based learning in GEES disciplines. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 40 (4), 531-545. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2016.1174817

Gilley, B., Atchison, C., Feig, A & Stokes, A. (2015) Impact of inclusive field trips. Nature Geoscience, 8 (8), 579-580. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2500

Stokes, A., Roberts, C., Crowley, K. & McEwen, L. (2015) Methods of knowledge exchange and learning focused on local authorities' experiences of flood science communication. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 5 (2), 114-138. DOI: 10.1080/21548455.2013.855835

Stokes, A. & Atchison, C. (2015) Getting out more. Geoscientist, 25 (4), 16-19.

Petcovic, H.L., Stokes, A. & Caulkins, J.L. (2014) Geoscientists' perceptions of the value of undergraduate field education. GSA Today, 24 (7), 4-10. DOI:10.1130/GSATG1936.A.1.

McEwen, L., Stokes, A., Crowley, K. & Roberts, C. (2014) Role-play as pedagogy for expert science communication with professional stakeholders in flood risk management. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 38 (2), 277-300. DOI:10.1080.03098265.2014.911827

Stokes, A., Collins, T., Maskall, J., Lea, J., Lunt, P. & Davies, S. (2012) Enabling remote access to fieldwork: gaining insight into the pedagogic effectiveness of ‘direct’ and ‘remote’ field activities. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36(2), 197-222. DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2011.619004

Kneale, P., Sanders, M & Stokes, A. (2012) Making fieldwork resources accessible to all. Teaching Earth Sciences, 37 (1), 20-22.

Stokes, A., Magnier, K. & Weaver, R. (2011) What's the use of fieldwork? Conceptions of students and staff in geography and geology. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (1), 121-141, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2010.487203.

Libarkin, J. & Stokes, A. (2011) The moon has no gravity: Examples of idea mixing in explanations of physical processes. Planet, 24, 50-54.

Cotton, D.R.E., Stokes, A. & Cotton, P.A. (2010) Using observational methods to research the student experience. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34 (3), 463-473, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2010.501541.

Stokes, A., King, H. & Libarkin, J. (2007) Research in science education: threshold concepts. Journal of Geoscience Education, v55 (5), 434-438.

Maskall, J., Stokes, A., Truscott, J.B., Bridge, A., Magnier, K. & Calderbank, V. (2007) Supporting fieldwork using information technology. Planet, v18, GEES Subject Centre, 18-21.

Stokes, A. (2006) Quantification as a troublesome concept in the GEES disciplines. Planet Special Edition 17, GEES Subject Centre, 18-20 (http://www.gees.ac.uk/pubs/planet/index.htm#P17 ).


 


Chapters

Stokes, A. & Feig, A.D. (2012) Considering qualitative inquiry, sociocultural theories, and complexity in the study of field-based learning. In Kastens, K.A., and Manduca, C.A. (eds) Earth and Mind II: A Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences. Geological Society of America Special Paper 486, 177-179. DOI:10.1130/2012.2486(29).


Stokes, A. (2011) A phenomenographic approach to investigating students’ conceptions of geoscience as an academic discipline. In Feig, A.D. & Stokes, A. (Eds) Qualitative Inquiry in Geoscience Education Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper 474, 23-35, DOI: 10.1130/2011.2474(03).

Wirth, K.R., Goodge, J., Perkins, D. & Stokes, A. (2011) An excursion to the classic bedrock localities of northeastern Minnesota with a focus on teaching and learning in the field. Geological Society of America Field Guide 24, 483–503, DOI:10.1130/2011.0024(24).

Stokes, A. & Boyle, A.P. (2009) The undergraduate geoscience fieldwork experience: influencing factors and implications for learning. In Whitmeyer, S.J., Mogk, D.W. & Pyle, E.J. (eds) Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches. Geological Society of America Special Paper 461, 291-311, DOI:10.1130/2009.2461(23).

Boyle, A.P., Ryan, P. & Stokes, A(2009) External drivers for changing fieldwork practices and provision in the UK and Ireland.   In Whitmeyer, S.J., Mogk, D.W. & Pyle, E.J. (eds) Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches. Geological Society of America Special Paper 461, 313-321, DOI: 10.1130/2009.2461(24).

Books

Feig, A.D. & Stokes, A. (Eds) (2011) Qualitative Inquiry in Geoscience Education Research. Geological Society of America Special Paper 474, 211p.

Maskall, J. & Stokes, A. (2008) Designing Effective Fieldwork for the Environmental and Natural Sciences. GEES Subject Centre Teaching and Learning Guide. 77p. ISBN: 978-1-84102-201-7. (http://www.gees.ac.uk/pubs/guides/eesguides.htm#GEESfwGuide)

Scholarly Editions

Harmer, N. & Stokes, A. (2014) The benefits and challenges of project-based learning: A review of the literature. PedRIO paper 6, Plymouth University. 37p. ISSN 2052-5818. (https://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/pedrio/Documents/PedRIO%20Paper%206.pdf)

Reports & invited lectures

Stokes, A. (2019) "Knowing that there's going to be uncertainty is a certainty in itself": Working towards inclusive and accessible geoscience field education. Cardiff University, 21st March 2019. 

Stokes, A. (2019) "Knowing that there's going to be uncertainty is a certainty in itself": Working towards inclusive and accessible geoscience field education. Undergraduate Field Education Research Network (UFERN) webinar, 13th March 2019.

Stokes, A. & Gibson, K. (2010) The A-level student experience of residential fieldwork: Slapton Ley, 2008. Report to the Field Studies Centre, Slapton Ley, 42p.

Boyle, A.P. & Stokes, A. (2010) The student fieldwork experience: Influencing factors and implications for learning. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 4th May 2010.

Stokes, A. (2009) The joys of mapping: researching the UK fieldwork experience. Department of Geology, Central Michigan University, 4th November 2009.

Stokes, A. (2009) Researching field cognition: a UK perspective. Department of Geoscience, Michigan State University, 29th October 2009.

Stokes, A. (2009) Researching undergraduate fieldwork: a UK perspective. Department of Geosciences Colloquium, University of Calgary, 15th October 2009.

Stokes, A., King, H. & Libarkin, J. (2008) Threshold concepts: un-stuffing the geoscience curriculum. Geological Society of America (GSA), Houston, USA.

Stokes, A. (2007) What on EARTH do your students think they're doing? A UK perspective on geoscience education research. CRCSTL (Centre for Research into College Science Teaching and Learning) Research Seminar, Michigan State University, 8th November 2007.

Other academic activities

Conferences organised

  • 'The Way to Work': Graduate Employability in the Geociences. Geological Society of London Higher Education Network Annual Meeting, Plymouth University, January 2018.
  • Confronting barriers to inclusion: opening the gate to accessible fieldwork. Geological Society of London, June 2015.
  • Geological Society Higher Education network (HEN) Annual Meeting and E-gaming workshop. Plymouth University, January 2015.
  • Plate Tectonics and Geohazards: A/AS-level conference. Plymouth University, March 2014.
  • Plate Tectonics and Geohazards: A/AS-level conference. Plymouth University, November 2013.
  • ‘Talking About Flooding: challenges and opportunities for Local Authorities and flood scientists’ . University of Oxford, 14th March 2012.
  • Open Fieldwork Expert Seminar. University of Chester, May 2011.


Conference sessions organised / chaired

  • Geoscience Field Education: The Implications of Research and Practice for Workforce Development. Geological Society of America (GSA), Vancouver, Canada (2014)
  • GEES 11: Teaching and learning for GEES students. GEES Subject Centre, Birmingham, UK (2011)
  • Geoscience Education II. Geological Society of America (GSA), Portland, USA (2009)
  • Geocognition: Researching student learning in the geosciences. Geological Society of America (GSA), Houston, USA (2008)

Contributions to peer review

  • Journal of Geoscience Education
  • Journal of Geography in Higher Education
  • Geological Society of America Special Publications
  • Geosphere
  • Planet (GEES Subject Centre publication)
  • GSA Today
  • Area
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Education Research Grants
  • GEES Learning and Teaching Development Fund awards
  • National Geographic Society Education Grants
  • Czech Science Foundation Grants