New Trends in Astronomy Education: a "Mapping" Strategy in Teaching and Learning Astronomy
The application of a concept of educational "science maps" to astronomy education is discussed. By analogy with geographical maps, scales of educational science maps -- scales of integration -- are introduced. In astronomy education, scale A represents the level of branches and fields of astronomy and astrophysics, where interconnections between various astronomical disciplines are shown. Scale B represents the level of hypotheses and theories, encompassing a significant segment of a field of astronomy. Scale C represents the level of structures and internal hierarchies, encompassing the "geography" and "anatomy" of the material systems and objects essential for a given astronomical discipline, as well as the principal notions and concepts it uses. Science maps of different scales are illustrated with initial examples exploring the application of this methodology in astronomy and astrophysics.
Gulyaev, S. (2003). New Trends in Astronomy Education: a “Mapping” Strategy in Teaching and Learning Astronomy (Vol. 289, pp. 151–156). Presented at the The Proceedings of the IAU 8th Asian-Pacific Regional Meeting, Volume 1. Retrieved from http://adsabs.