Planetarium Methods Based on the Research of Jean Piaget

Bishop, Jeanne E. (1976) Planetarium Methods Based on the Research of Jean Piaget. Science and Children, 13 (8). pp. 5-8.


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AS PLANETARIUM interpreters we instruct elementary groups on such topics as why the sun shines, how to recognize constellations, and how to find directions, thinking that if we just explain it "right" the students cannot help but fully understand. After all, the planetarium provides visual supplement to our accurate explanations. However, the in-depth research of the psychologist Jean Piaget over the last half century indicates that understanding is a function of maturation level and that some topics basic to planetarium astronomy should not be introduced (if we teach for understanding) until these levels of potential comprehension are reached. If students are on the verge of changing level, certain things done in the planetarium could accelerate the transitions. The following ideas are based on Piaget's data and conclusions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 11:38
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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