A Student-Centered Astronomical Research Community of Practice

Genet, Russell M. and Johnson, Jolyon M. and Boyce, Pat and Boyce, Grady and Buchheim, Robert and Harshaw, Richard and Kenney, John and Collins, Dwight and Rowe, David and Brewer, Mark and Estrada, Reed and Estrada, Chris and Gillette, Sean and Ridgely, John and McNab, Christine and Freed, Rachel and Wallen, Vera (2016) A Student-Centered Astronomical Research Community of Practice. In: The Society for Astronomical Sciences 35th Annual Symposium on Telescope Science. Society for the Astronomical Sciences, pp. 59-74.


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For over a decade, students from Cuesta College and number of high schools have engaged in astronomical research during one-term seminars. A community of practice—consisting of students, educators, and astronomers—has formed that is centered on supporting the students’ astronomical research. The seminar has recently adopted distance education technology and automated telescopes in a hybrid form of on-line and in person collaborations between students, educators, and astronomers. This hybridization is not only resulting in new areas of growth and opportunity, but has created a number of challenges. For example, as more schools joined this seminar, standardized teaching materials such as a textbook and self-paced, online learning units had to be developed. Automated telescopes devoted to expanding student research opportunities within this community of practice are being brought on line by Concordia University and the Boyce Research Initiatives and Educational Foundation. The Institute for Student Astronomical Research supports this growing community in many ways including maintaining a website and editing books of student papers published through the Collins Foundation Press.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 09:52
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1379

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