Hands-On Universe and Plans for Large-Scale Internet-Mediated Teacher Training
Hands-On Uni verse (HOU) is. a leading project in science education reform, recognized by teachers, students, and research and educational institutions. Approximately 1000 teachers are using HOU around the world. Key to HOU's philosophy is a network of support by Teacher Resource Agents ("TRA's") who give ongoing support to particpants using the Internet, face-to-face workshops, and other resources. These TRA's collaborate with universities, observatories and informal science education centers in their regions to to engage high school teachers in the innovative educational methods that are highly effective We antiicpate spreading HOU to thousands of schools using the Internet and a "cafeteria plan" of engagement, allowing varying degrees of participation, depending on the needs of the teacher.
Pennypacker, C. (1998). Hands-On UniverseTM and Plans for Large-Scale Internet-Mediated Teacher Training. In M. Okyudo, T. Ebisuzaki, and M. Nakayama (Eds.), Astronomical Education with the Internet, Proceedings of the Misato International Symposium 1998