Why astronomy is useful and should be included in the school curriculum

Percy, John R. (2005) Why astronomy is useful and should be included in the school curriculum. In: Teaching and Learning Astronomy. Cambridge University Press, pp. 10-13.

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Why is astronomy useful? Why should it be part of the school curriculum? This paper lists about 20 reasons: cultural, historical, and philosophical reasons: practical, technological, and scientific reasons; environmental, aesthetic, and emotional reasons; and pedagogical reasons. Astronomy can attract young people lo science and technology; it can promote public awareness. understanding, and appreciation of science; it can be done as an accessible inexpensive hobby: "the stars belong to everyone." This paper then connects the reasons to the expectations of the modern school curriculum, including knowledge, skills, applications, and attitudes.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 20:10
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 15:59
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1093

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