The Planetarium as a Non-formal Environment for Teaching About the Solar System

Almeida, Gabrielle de Oliveira and Zanitti, Mateus Henrique Rufini and de Carvalho, Cintia Luana and Dias, Edson Wander and Gomes, Alessandro Damásio Trani and Coelho, Fernando Otávio (2017) The Planetarium as a Non-formal Environment for Teaching About the Solar System. Revista Latino-Americana de Educacao em Astronomia, 23. pp. 67-86. ISSN 1806-7573


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This paper presents the results of a non-formal educational activity, developed in the planetarium of a higher education institution, in which thirty-three high school students from a public school in a small city near São João del-Rei (Minas Gerais) participated. The research intended to explore the educational resources of the planetarium as an environment for teaching about the celestial bodies of the Solar System. The activity consisted of a session inside the planetarium dome featuring the exhibition of a film about the Solar System. The same questionnaire was applied before and after the activity. The results were compared by means of statistical tests, pointing to a statistically significant difference between the pre- and post-test results. The planetary potentialities as a non-formal environment for promoting education and its interface with the basic school are discussed, in order to supply the demand for astronomy teaching.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 10:52
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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