ERIC Number: EJ1043314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
A Proposed Astronomy Learning Progression for Remote Telescope Observation
Slater, Timothy F.; Burrows, Andrea C.; French, Debbie A.; Sanchez, Richard A.; Tatge, Coty B.
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v11 n4 p197-206 2014
Providing meaningful telescope observing experiences for students who are deeply urban or distantly rural place-bound--or even daylight time-bound--has consistently presented a formidable challenge for astronomy educators. For nearly 2 decades, the Internet has promised unfettered access for large numbers of students to conduct remote telescope observing, but it has only been in recent years that the technology has become readily available. Now that this once fanciful possibility is becoming a reality, astronomy education researchers need a guiding theory on which to develop learning experiences. As one departure point, we propose a potential learning progression anchored on one end with recognizing that stars visible at night have describable locations and predictable motions, and anchored at the other with distant robotic telescopes can be programmed to record specific astronomical data for later analysis.
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Equipment, Observation, Science Instruction, College Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Internet, Sequential Learning, College Science, Robotics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 1108238|1211112