Using Literacy Techniques to Teach Astronomy to Non-Science Majors
We discuss an introductory-level college astronomy class that significantly relied on reading and writing assignments to deliver basic content knowledge and provide a basis for deeper analysis of the material. As opposed to the traditional problem-set method of homework, students were required to read popular articles from magazines and newspapers related to the content presented in class, and then prepare responses. These responses ranged from methodological analyzes to using the readings to create original science journalism. Additional forms of assessment indicated that students benefited from this type of course design. We propose that given the background of students in this type of course, our course design is better suited to engage students in the material and provides a valid alternative method of assessment.
Garland, C. A., & Ratay, D. L. 2007, Astronomy Education Review, 6(1), p.59–66