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ERIC Number: EJ1107114
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The "Sky on Earth" Project: A Synergy between Formal and Informal Astronomy Education
Rossi, Sabrina; Giordano, Enrica; Lanciano, Nicoletta
Physics Education, v51 n5 Article 055003 Sep 2016
In this paper we present the "Sky on Earth" project funded in 2008 by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, Research and University, inside its annual public outreach education program. The project's goal was to realise a stable and open-access astronomical garden, where children, teachers and citizens could be engaged in investigations about day and night sky phenomena. The project was designed taking into account our prior researches in formal and informal astronomy education. It was realised in the garden of GiocheriaLaboratori, an out-of-school K-6 educational structure of Sesto San Giovanni municipality (near Milan, Italy). Setting and tools were designed with the help of some students of the "Altiero Spinelli" vocational school and their science and technology teachers. Since its installation, the astronomical garden has been used in workshops and open-days, teachers' preparation courses and research experiences. We might conclude that the "Sky on Earth" project represents an example of a positive and constructive collaboration between researchers, educators, high school students and teachers. It may also be considered as a potential attempt to face on the well-known gap between research in science education and school practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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