Basic Astronomy Concepts In The Footsteps Of Eratosthenes

Kalkan, Huseyin and Kiroglu, Kasim and Turk, Cumhur and Bolat, Mualla and Kalkan, Selami and Aslanturk, Ali (2014) Basic Astronomy Concepts In The Footsteps Of Eratosthenes. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 116. pp. 3731-3739.


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Based on Eratosthenes’ method of “Measuring the Circumference of Earth,” dating from 276 BC, this study is the result of a fiveday, three-stage, science school, “I am Learning about My Planet” with the intent of having participants gain understanding of the basic concepts of astronomy in a non-traditional setting and using a non-traditional method. The first stage involved astronomy science schools with 30 primary school teachers and the second stage involved 30 primary school pupils (aged 14). The last stage completed a “Measuring the Circumference of Earth” experimental activity with the participation of both the teachers and the pupils. A pre-test and post-test of 13-items, based on “The Astronomy Diagnostic Test” and the Turkish educational curriculum evaluated changes in participants. A comparison of the data from the teachers and the students produced interesting results, notably that more pupils than teachers answered certain questions correctly. Furthermore, experiment produced a unique instrument for measuring the circumference of Earth, with a calculated margin of error of 0,17%.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 01:05
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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