Undiscovered value of grey astronomy education research results
For the teaching scholar focused on improving their astronomy class, a perfectly reasonable question to pose is, “how do I quickly learn about the best that discipline-based astronomy education research has to offer about improving teaching and learning?” Exhaustive reviews of astronomy education research (Adams & Slater, 2000; Bailey & Slater, 2003, 2005; Slater, 2008; Slater, Ratcliff, & Tatge, 2016), clearly position astronomy education research, AER, as a its own scholarly discipline existing within a rich field of robust student misconceptions and varied instructional strategies designed to intellectually engage students. Indeed, the recent publication of National Research Council publication, Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering (NRC, 2012) highlights astronomy as one of the principle disciplines of education research, elevating it to the same level as physics education research, geoscience education research, chemistry education research, engineering education research, and biology education research (listed in no particular order). Yet, if it is so important, where is all the astronomy education research?
Slater, T. F. (2016). Undiscovered value of grey astronomy education research results. The Grey Journal, 12(3), 153-155.