College Students’ Preinstructional Ideas About Stars and Star Formation

Bailey, Janelle M. and Prather, Edward E. and Johnson, Bruce and Slater, Timothy F. (2009) College Students’ Preinstructional Ideas About Stars and Star Formation. Astronomy Education Review, 8 (1). ISSN 15391515


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This study (Note 1) investigated the beliefs about stars that students hold when they enter an undergraduate introductory astronomy course for nonscience majors. Students’ preinstructional ideas were investigated through the use of several student-supplied-response (SSR) surveys, which asked students to describe their ideas about topics such as what is a star, how is starlight created, how are stars formed, are all stars the same, and more. The results from more than 2,200 responses suggest that although students often have some initial knowledge about stars, their knowledge is often incomplete or incorrect in important ways that could negatively impact instructional objectives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2017 05:51
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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