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ERIC Number: EJ869076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
College Students' Preinstructional Ideas about Stars and Star Formation
Bailey, Janelle M.; Prather, Edward E.; Johnson, Bruce; Slater, Timothy F.
Astronomy Education Review, v8 n1 p010110-1-010110-17 2009
This study (Note 1) investigated the beliefs about stars that students hold when they enter an undergraduate introductory astronomy course for nonscience majors. Students' preinstructional ideas were investigated through the use of several student-supplied-response (SSR) surveys, which asked students to describe their ideas about topics such as what is a star, how is starlight created, how are stars formed, are all stars the same, and more. The results from more than 2,200 responses suggest that although students often have some initial knowledge about stars, their knowledge is often incomplete or incorrect in important ways that could negatively impact instructional objectives. (Contains 2 notes and 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A