The Use of Archived Astronomical Images as a Vehicle for Introducing Scientific Methodology to Non-Scientists

Griego, B. F. and Culver, R. B. and Craine, E. R. and Tucker, R. A. (2011) The Use of Archived Astronomical Images as a Vehicle for Introducing Scientific Methodology to Non-Scientists. In: Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach. ASP Conference Series.

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Abstract

A serious problem facing contemporary American society is the lack of understanding of science and the scientific method. We repeatedly see an inability to critically evaluate technical information with subsequent credulity in the face of politically-motivated arguments that sound scientific, but which are not. The best way to learn about science and its methods and errors is by actually participating in scientific studies. We describe hands-on protocols in which observations of binary stars can be employed as a vehicle by which individuals are led through the entire process of an observational science project. Our goal is first to enable a better informed citizenry that can grasp scientific endeavors and associated uncertainties, and second, to stimulate youth to consider technical careers. The methodology we describe is adaptable to a variety of educational venues.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 02:21
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 02:21
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/727

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