Conceptual astronomy. II. Replicating conceptual gains, probing attitude changes across three semesters

Zeilik, Michael and Schau, Candace and Mattern, Nancy (1999) Conceptual astronomy. II. Replicating conceptual gains, probing attitude changes across three semesters. American Journal of Physics, 67 (10). pp. 923-927. ISSN 0002-9505, 1943-2909

[img] Text
zeilik_attitude2 1999.pdf
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (177kB)
Official URL: http://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.19151

Abstract

We report on a long-term, large-scale study of a one-semester, conceptually based, introductory astronomy course with data from more than 400 students over three semesters at the University of New Mexico. Using traditional and alternative assessment tools developed for the project, we examined the pre- and postcourse results for Fall 1994, Spring 1995, and Fall 1995. We find our results are robust: novice students show large, positive gains on assessments of conceptual understanding and connected understanding of the knowledge structure of astronomy. We find no relationship between course achievement and completion of prior courses in science or math; we do find a small to moderate relationship between students’ science self-image and course achievement. Also, we detect little change over each semester in students’ mildly positive incoming attitudes about astronomy and science.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2017 16:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 06:03
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/599

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item