Daytime School Guided Visits to an Astronomical Observatory in Brazil

Colombo Jr., Pedro Donizete and Aroca, Silvia Calbo and Silva, Cibelle Celestino (2010) Daytime School Guided Visits to an Astronomical Observatory in Brazil. Astronomy Education Review, 9 (1). 010113. ISSN 15391515


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"This article analyzes the activity Daytime School Guided Visits at an astronomical observatory in Brazil with pupils from primary school. The adopted research methodology relied on questionnaire applications and semistructured interviews. The objectives were to identify the influences of the visits on learning of astronomical concepts and on pupils’ motivation toward science. This study showed that it is difficult for children to understand scale distances in the Solar System and beyond. In order to cope with this problem, this article highlights the relevance of science centers’ partnership with schools to achieve the goal of improving scientific education by relying on two main participants for a successful visit to a science museum: Guides and teachers."

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 21:54
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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