How Do Preservice Teachers’ Religious Beliefs Affect Their Understanding of Astronomy?

Torres, Jesus Rodrigo F. (2008) How Do Preservice Teachers’ Religious Beliefs Affect Their Understanding of Astronomy? Astronomy Education Review, 7 (2). ISSN 15391515

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Abstract

This article describes research on conceptions of preservice science teachers in their fourth year of undergraduate studies relating to: whether Earth is the center of the Universe; whether the sky is a literal vault or dome; whether Earth is flat or round; the timeline of the formation of the Universe; and the age of the Earth. The results, which indicate that religion has a strong influence on teachers’ astronomical beliefs, are quite startling and potentially helpful to professors of astronomy who have an opportunity to correct preservice teachers’ misconceptions before these teachers go into the field.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 03:18
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1022

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