Massive – the concepts of size and scale addressed by out-of-school learning

Lelliott, Anthony D. (2008) Massive – the concepts of size and scale addressed by out-of-school learning. In: 16th Annual SAARMSTE Conference, 12 - 18 January 2008, University of Lesotho.


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In the light of the new curriculum, this study describes how grade 7 and 8 students in South Africa engaged with the notion of size and scale in the Solar System and beyond before, during and after a visit to an astronomy science centre. Using a combination of concept maps, observations and interviews, results indicate that, despite contrary suggestions in the literature, students aged 13- to 15-years are able to improve their conceptions from naïve and conflicting knowledge to a more scientific understanding of mass, size and distance after their visit. The paper argues that a combination of related, themed experiences related to size and scale can account for the improvement, and recommends that such activities should be explicitly promoted at science centres.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 07:05
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 07:05

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