NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ843279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
Instruction as a Scientific Experiment: A Professional Development Case Study of a Professor Changing the Introductory Astronomy Course for Non-Science Majors
Brogt, Erik
Astronomy Education Review, v6 n2 p20-31 Aug 2007-Mar 2008
This article describes a case study of a faculty member who wanted to change his introductory astronomy course for non-science majors to include more learner-centered pedagogy. To help him achieve this goal, he was assisted by an instructional specialist and the author. The professor approached the overhaul of instructional style as a scientific experiment. Using interview and observation data, the motivations and expectations of this professor and the implementation of the professional development are explored. Results indicate that persuading science faculty to view their teaching as a scientific experiment or research project may be a valuable avenue for professional development. Results hint that professional development for faculty can benefit from professional developers who are also well vested in the content area taught.
American Astronomical Society. 2000 Florida Avenue NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 800-874-6383; Fax: 516-349-9704; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A