Learning astronomy by doing astronomy

Percy, John R. (2008) Learning astronomy by doing astronomy. In: Innovation in Astronomy Education. Cambridge University Press, pp. 13-22.

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In the modem science curriculum, students should learn science knowledge or "facts"; they should develop science skills, strategies, and habits of mind; they should understand the applications of science to technology, society, and the environment; and they should cultivate appropriate attitudes - positive ones, we hope - toward science. While science knowledge may be taught through traditional lecture-and-textbook methods, theories of learning (and extensive experience) show that other aspects of the curriculum are best taught by doing science - not just hands-on activities, but "minds-on" engagement. That means more than the usual "cookbook" practical activities in which students use a predetermined procedure to achieve a predetermined result. The activities should be "authentic"; that is, they should mirror the actual scientific process.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
RTSRE Related Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 22:13
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 15:59
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/806

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