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de Lima, Melina S.; de Amôres, Eduardo B.; Santos, José Vicente C.; Martin, Vera A. F. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Various studies have noted current shortcomings in the teaching and learning of science in schools, and the results of large-scale tests show that despite heavy investment in education, Brazilians' understanding of science test scores typically fall short of what could be if students had a consistent, high-quality basic education. This article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Astronomy, Science Education, Scientific Concepts
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Cohen, Ariel – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
When teaching an introductory science survey course to college students learning astronomy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, we have devoted four hours to teaching the history of astronomy as a fruitful strategy to introduce important concepts surrounding the development of general scientific knowledge throughout history. In order to…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Teaching Methods, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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Arthurs, Leilani A.; Elwonger, Justin M. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
There is a growing need for public understanding about groundwater resources. Knowing what groundwater and aquifers are is fundamental to understanding more complex issues such as groundwater quality and availability. However, groundwater and related concepts are among the topics that instructors most struggle to teach. Although constructivist…
Descriptors: Water, College Students, Concept Formation, Earth Science
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Bartlett, Sophie; Fitzgerald, Michael T.; McKinnon, David H.; Danaia, Lena; Lazendic-Galloway, Jasmina – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
A new survey for measuring students' astronomy and science attitudes that has been validated for use with high school students (with a future intent to expand to middle school and university) is presented. We initially present a short review of instruments in the literature that attempt to measure attitudes in astronomy together with the…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Astronomy, College Students
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Guffey, Sarah Katie; Slater, Timothy F.; Slater, Stephanie J. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Geoscience education researchers have considerable need for criterion-referenced, easy-to-administer, easy-to-score, conceptual surveys for undergraduates taking introductory science survey courses in order for faculty to monitor the learning impacts of innovative teaching. In response, this study establishes the reliability and validity of a…
Descriptors: Geology, Scientific Concepts, Science Tests, Undergraduate Students
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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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McKinnon, David H.; Danaia, Lena; Deehan, James – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Over the past 20 years there have been numerous calls in Australia and beyond for extensive educational reforms to preservice teacher education in the sciences. Recommendations for science teacher education programs to integrate curriculum, instruction and assessment are at the forefront of such reforms. In this paper, we describe our scholarly…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instructional Design
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Pundak, David; Liberman, Ido; Shacham, Miri – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
Considerable debate exists among discipline-based astronomy education researchers about how students change their perceptions in science and astronomy. The study questioned the development of astronomical models among students in institutions of higher education by examining how college students change their initial conceptual frameworks and…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, College Science
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Flohic, Hélène M. L. G. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
A common challenge among university professors is how to best design undergraduate courses to successfully enhance students' attitudes. To compare which curriculum was more efficient at fostering a positive attitude towards science in general, I studied the impact of two different general education science courses on the attitudes of college…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Astronomy, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Berryhill, Katie J.; Slater, Timothy F. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2017
As discipline-based astronomy education researchers become more interested in experimentally testing innovative teaching strategies to enhance learning in undergraduate introductory astronomy survey courses ("ASTRO 101"), scholars are placing increased attention toward better understanding factors impacting student gain scores on the…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Tests, Scores, Science Instruction
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Bergstrom, Zoey; Sadler, Philip; Sonnert, Gerhard – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2016
This article uses U.S. survey data (N = 15,847) to characterize the evolution of student interest in an astronomy career in the period between middle school and the beginning of college. We find that middle school students have a relatively high interest in astronomy, which sharply declines with every phase of their education. However, many of the…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Evolution, Middle School Students, Astronomy
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Arthurs, Leilani A.; Van Den Broeke, Matthew S. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2016
The ability to explain scientific phenomena is a key feature of scientific literacy, and engaging students' prior knowledge, especially their alternate conceptions, is an effective strategy for enhancing scientific literacy and developing expertise. The gap in knowledge about the alternate conceptions that novices have about many of Earth's…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Natural Disasters, College Students, Science Instruction
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Kastens, Kim A.; Shipley, Thomas F.; Boone, Alexander P.; Straccia, Frances – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2016
This study examines how geoscience experts and novices make meaning from an iconic type of data visualization: shaded relief images of bathymetry and topography. Participants examined, described, and interpreted a global image, two high-resolution seafloor images, and 2 high-resolution continental images, while having their gaze direction…
Descriptors: Expertise, Novices, Earth Science, Visual Aids
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LoPresto, Michael C.; Slater, Timothy F. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2016
Although traditional lectures are still the dominant form of undergraduate instruction, there have been relatively few studies comparing various learner-centered and active learning teaching strategies to one another in order to guide professors in making informed instructional decisions. To study the impact of different active learning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Learning Strategies, College Science, Astronomy
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Yu, Ka Chun; Sahami, Kamran; Denn, Grant; Sahami, Victoria; Sessions, Larry C. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2016
Digital video fulldome has long been heralded as a revolutionary educational technology; yet the discipline-based astronomy education research literature showing planetarium effectiveness has been sparse. In order to help understand to what extent immersion impacts learning and the effect of the "narrative journey" model of presentation,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Astronomy, Recreational Facilities
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