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ERIC Number: EJ971054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
A Study of General Education Astronomy Students' Understandings of Cosmology. Part IV. Common Difficulties Students Experience with Cosmology
Wallace, Colin S.; Prather, Edward E.; Duncan, Douglas K.
Astronomy Education Review, v11 n1 p010104-1-10104-11 Dec 2012
This is our fourth paper in our five paper series describing our national study of general education astronomy students' conceptual and reasoning difficulties with cosmology. While previous papers in this series focused on the processes by which we collected and quantitatively analyzed our data, this paper presents the most common pre-instruction conceptual and reasoning difficulties identified from our qualitative analysis of students' written responses. We discuss students' naive ideas about the expansion and evolution of the universe, the Big Bang, interpreting Hubble plots, and the evidence for dark matter in spiral galaxies. (Contains 10 figures.) [For Part III, see EJ971055.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A