Thai Students’ Understanding about Celestial Motion within Their Social and Cultural Context

Anantasook, Sakanan and Yuenyong, Chokchai and Hume, Anne (2015) Thai Students’ Understanding about Celestial Motion within Their Social and Cultural Context. The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Learning, 21. pp. 11-22. ISSN ISSN 2327-7971

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Abstract

This study investigated forty-one Thai 9th grade students’ understanding about the motion of the sun, moon, and stars within their social and cultural context. Students' understanding was explored using a survey tool titled “Students’ Understanding about Celestial Motion within Their Social and Cultural Context Questionnaire (SCMSCQ).” This questionnaire gave students the opportunity to express their ideas about celestial motion within their social and cultural context. The study reveals some interesting features of student understanding, and particularly their difficulty in perceiving the relationship between the study of celestial motion and their social and cultural context. Many students used descriptions from their everyday observations of the daily motion of the sun, moon, and stars, rather than scientific explanations, to answer questions about the relationship between social and cultural context and celestial motion. This study has implications for the development of teaching the sociocultural approach in Thailand.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 01:59
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1213

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