Investigating Student Ideas about Cosmology II: Composition of the Universe

Coble, Kim and Nickerson, Melissa D. and Bailey, Janelle M. and Trouille, Laura E. and Cochran, Geraldine L. and Camarillo, Carmen T. and Cominsky, Lynn R. (2013) Investigating Student Ideas about Cosmology II: Composition of the Universe. Astronomy Education Review, 12 (1). 010111. ISSN 15391515


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"Continuing our work from a previous study (Coble et al. 2013), we examine undergraduates’ ideas on the composition of the Universe as they progress through a general education astronomy integrated lecture and laboratory course with a focus on active learning. The study was conducted over five semesters at an urban minority-serving institution. The data collected include individual interviews (N 1⁄4 15) and course artifacts (N 60), such as prelab surveys, and midterm and final exam questions in a variety of formats. We find that students easily obtain a superficial knowledge of the origins of the chemical elements and the existence of dark matter and dark energy, which they are generally unaware of pre-instruction. However, they are hindered in their ability to reproduce the argument for the existence of dark matter at least in part because of weaknesses in their graph-reading abilities."

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 21:31
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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