Development of the Astronomy-Themed Interdisciplinary Curriculum At Taipei First Girls’ High School

Yang, Chan-Chien and Jin, Ruolan and Lai, Shih-Ping and Kong, Albert and Chang, Hsiang-Kuang and Wu, Pin-Han (2014) Development of the Astronomy-Themed Interdisciplinary Curriculum At Taipei First Girls’ High School. In: Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 395-399.

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Abstract

With the advent of satellite-based telescopes and abundant data open to the public, senior high school students can now be allowed access to the latest observational data collected by those cutting-edge telescopes. Following the official guidelines for high school curricula in Taiwan, we designed a 24-hour, four-module curriculum, the themes of which are: properties of light and spectra, multi-wavelength observations, evolution of stars, and introduction to cosmology. The curriculum makes use of free online astronomical databases, software for data analysis, and teaching platforms. Many of the courses are inquiry-oriented, focusing on hands-on experiments and discussions. They can be taught separately in their own fields or combined to form research project courses as well. The curriculum development was funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan (High Scope Project) and supported by three institutes in universities. More than 700 students are participating in the pilot program. We are now promoting the curriculum to other schools, with a hope to encourage students to carry out projects on topics in astronomy.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 06:38
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1366

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