A Study of General Education Astronomy Students’ Understandings of Cosmology. Part IV. Common Difficulties Students Experience with Cosmology

Wallace, Colin S. and Prather, Edward E. and Duncan, Douglas K. (2012) A Study of General Education Astronomy Students’ Understandings of Cosmology. Part IV. Common Difficulties Students Experience with Cosmology. Astronomy Education Review, 11 (1). ISSN 15391515

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3847/AER2011032

Abstract

This is our fourth paper in our five paper series describing our national study of general education astronomy students’ conceptual and reasoning difficulties with cosmology. While previous papers in this series focused on the processes by which we collected and quantitatively analyzed our data, this paper presents the most common pre-instruction conceptual and reasoning difficulties identified from our qualitative analysis of students’ written responses. We discuss students’ naı¨ve ideas about the expansion and evolution of the universe, the Big Bang, interpreting Hubble plots, and the evidence for dark matter in spiral galaxies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 05:41
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1767

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