LEARNING ASTRONOMY BY PLAYING IN A PARK

Camino, Nestor (2012) LEARNING ASTRONOMY BY PLAYING IN A PARK. Revista Latino-Americana de Educacao em Astronomia, 14. pp. 39-56. ISSN 1806-7573

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Abstract

Some public-square games are presented in this paper, considered as didactic modules to help children imagine astronomical processes, based on the concept that learning in Astronomy should be developed to strengthen the relationship of our body with three-dimensional space and time, much in the same way we experience when observing the actual sky, holding a permanent "dialogue" between the actual world and what is to be learned. The games presented (merry-go-rounds and slides) were designed to work on the astronomical concepts related to the translation of the Earth around the Sun, the phases of the Moon and gravity, and on what is perceived by an observer about those phenomena. The description of each game, their physical and astronomical foundations, and a critical comment about their didactical importance are the key parts of the paper. Finally, a recommendation is given about the role teachers should play to be essential partners in the process of learning Astronomy by means of the interaction with these games.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2017 06:49
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2017 06:49
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1444

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