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LoPresto, Michael C. – Physics Teacher, 2017
While teaching his first-ever introductory college astronomy course, I heard a graduate student make the comment that compared to other areas of astronomy, studying the solar system is just "stamp collecting." Coverage of the solar system in an introductory college astronomy course certainly "could" consist mostly of showing…
Descriptors: College Science, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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Palma, Christopher; Plummer, Julia; Rubin, KeriAnn; Flarend, Alice; Ong, Yann Shiou; McDonald, Scott; Ghent, Chrysta; Gleason, Timothy; Furman, Tanya – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
The nature of students' ideas about the scientific practices used by astronomers when studying objects in our Solar System is of widespread interest to discipline-based astronomy education researchers. A sample of middle-school, high-school, and college students (N = 42) in the U.S. were interviewed about how astronomers were able to learn about…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Scientists, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Plummer, Julia D.; Palma, Christopher; Flarend, Alice; Rubin, KeriAnn; Ong, Yann Shiou; Botzer, Brandon; McDonald, Scott; Furman, Tanya – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
This study describes the process of defining a hypothetical learning progression (LP) for astronomy around the big idea of "Solar System formation." At the most sophisticated level, students can explain how the formation process led to the current Solar System by considering how the planets formed from the collapse of a rotating cloud of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Astronomy, Student Attitudes, Interviews
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DeVore, Edna; Gould, Alan – Science Teacher, 2017
The solar eclipse coming August 21 offers students the opportunity not only to explore the geometry of the solar system but also to learn about exoplanets transiting distant stars. Students can glimpse a great frontier of science: the search for other worlds and life. This article presents information on exoplanets, discovering planets around…
Descriptors: Science Education, Astronomy, Geometry, Scientific Concepts
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Wiebke, Heidi; Rogers, Meredith Park; Nargund-Joshi, Vanashri – Science and Children, 2011
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS 1993) states that by the end of fifth grade, students should understand that a model, such as those depicting the solar system, is a smaller version of the real product, making it easier to physically work with and therefore learn from. However, for students and even adults,…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Measurement Techniques, Misconceptions, Science Instruction
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Calderon-Canales, Elena; Flores-Camacho, Fernando; Gallegos-Cazares, Leticia – Astronomy Education Review, 2013
This research project aimed to identify and analyze Mexican primary school students' ideas about the components of the solar system. In particular, this study focused on conceptions of the solar system and representations of the dynamics of the solar system based on the functional and structural models that students make in school. Using a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Astronomy
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McIntosh, Gordon – Physics Teacher, 2010
As an astronomy instructor I am always looking for commonly experienced Earthly phenomena to help my students and me understand and appreciate similar occurrences elsewhere in the solar system. Recently I wrote short "TPT" articles on frost and precipitation. The present article is on winds in the solar system. A windy day or storm might…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Teachers, Lecture Method, Science Education
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Devecioglu-Kaymakci, Yasemin – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate how the 5E learning model affects learning about the Solar System when an analogical model is utilized in teaching. The data were gathered in an urban middle school 7th grade science course while teaching relevant astronomy topics. The analogical model developed by the researchers was administered to 20…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Astronomy, Learning Processes, Models
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Wilkinson, John – Teaching Science, 2009
Since 2006, the details of bodies making up our solar system have been revised. This was largely as a result of new discoveries of a number of planet-like objects beyond the orbit of Pluto. The International Astronomical Union redefined what constituted a planet and established two new classifications--dwarf planets and plutoids. As a result, the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Cunha, Ricardo F. F.; Tort, A. C. – Physics Education, 2017
Newton's law of universal gravitation underpins our understanding of the dynamics of the Solar System and of a good portion of the observable universe. Generally, in the classroom or in textbooks, the law is presented initially in a qualitative way and at some point during the exposition its mathematical formulation is written on the blackboard…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Astronomy
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Plummer, Julia – Science and Children, 2015
Elementary students find it difficult to connect the apparent motion of objects in the sky with how celestial objects actually move in the solar system. As a university astronomy education researcher, the author has been investigating methods to help children learn astronomy through workshops and summer camps at science museums and planetariums.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Space Sciences
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Wilkinson, John – Teaching Science, 2013
Humans have always had the vision to one day live on other planets. This vision existed even before the first person was put into orbit. Since the early space missions of putting humans into orbit around Earth, many advances have been made in space technology. We have now sent many space probes deep into the Solar system to explore the planets and…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Earth Science, Space Sciences, Satellites (Aerospace)
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Taber, Keith S. – Research in Science Education, 2013
Comparing the atom to a "tiny solar system" is a common teaching analogy, and the extent to which learners saw the systems as analogous was investigated. English upper secondary students were asked parallel questions about the physical interactions between the components of a simple atomic system and a simple solar system to investigate…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students, Scientific Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Jenkins, Deborah Bainer; Heidorn, Brent – Science Scope, 2009
Earth and space science figure prominently in the National Science Education Standards for levels 5-8 (NRC 1996). The Earth in the Solar System standard focuses on students' ability to understand (1) the composition of the solar system (Earth, Moon, Sun, planets with their moons, and smaller objects like asteroids and comets) and (2) that…
Descriptors: Space Sciences, Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Charles, Karen; Canales, J. D.; Smith, Angela; Zimmerman, Natalie – Science Scope, 2012
Scale measurement and ratio and proportion are topics that fall clearly in the middle-grades mathematics curriculum in Texas. So does the solar system. In their experience, the authors have found that students have trouble manipulating, much less comprehending, very large numbers and very small numbers. These concepts can be brought into students'…
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Scaling, Astronomy, Measures (Individuals)
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