Goals for “Astro 101:” Report on Workshops for Department Leaders

Partridge, Bruce and Greenstein, George (2003) Goals for “Astro 101:” Report on Workshops for Department Leaders. Astronomy Education Review, 2 (2). ISSN 15391515


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Roughly 10% of all U.S. college students take an introductory astronomy course while in college. The vast majority of these students are not science majors, and this course often represents the only college-level science these undergraduates will ever encounter. The challenges posed by these courses were recently discussed at two workshops for chairs and other department leaders from selected research universities. Here we report on a set of goals for such courses formulated by the participants, and list some strategies to help accomplish them. The Executive Summary (section [1]) provides a brief description of the workshops and a list of goals for “Astro 101” endorsed by all participants at the meetings. Section [2] is a longer report on the structure and organization of the meetings, and a detailed presentation of the set of goals and strategies developed there. It provides illustrative examples of how the goals might be met in an Astro 101 course. This section was prepared by two of the participants in the meetings, Bruce Partridge and George Greenstein, and reflects their views, not necessarily those of all participants.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
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Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 05:12
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1051

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