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Cohen, Ariel – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2020
The connections between astronomy and timekeeping are longstanding. One approach to the teaching of Astronomy is it can serve as a unique platform to illustrate the advancement of science from ancient times along with the strong interrelation between science and religion. Here we chose to describe the influence of astronomical measurements that…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Time, Islam, Science History
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Arthurs, Leilani A.; Kowalski, Chelsie M.; Elwonger, Justin M. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2020
Communicating even fundamental scientific concepts can be challenging. Furthermore, student mental models are often difficult to uncover even by the most talented teacher or researcher. Drawing is a universal process skill widely used by scientists to refine their conceptions about a wide range of topics, communicate ideas, and advance scientific…
Descriptors: Earth Science, Concept Formation, Freehand Drawing, Scientific Concepts
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Schultz, Sara K.; Slater, Timothy F. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2020
Over the last 100 years since the planetarium was invented and began to spread across the planet, discipline-based planetarium education researchers have worked diligently to catalog what concepts are taught in the planetarium and what audiences learn when attending a planetarium show. What is not clearly known is precisely 'who' it is that are…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Education, Recreational Facilities, Science Teachers
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Callanan, Maureen A.; Shirefley, Tess A.; Castañeda, Claudia L.; Jipson, Jennifer L. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2019
Young children express interest and understanding about science topics through everyday conversations with parents. Little is known about how much interest preschool-aged children show in astronomy. Using a diary report methodology, we asked parents in three communities in coastal California to keep track of conversations with their three to…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Diaries, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship
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Ladd, Ned; Nottis, Katharyn E. K. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2019
As computer-based visualization techniques are becoming more important across the landscape of astronomy education, this pre-test/post-test study using the Size, Scale, and Structure Concept Inventory (S3CI) looked at the impact of using a hybrid combination of hands-on and computer-based activities on the learning of five semesters of non-science…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Computer Simulation, Science Laboratories, Astronomy
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Miller, Scott T.; James, C. Renée – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2019
We present results of a two-semester study to gauge the impact of collaborative two-stage exams on student learning and attitudes in university-level introductory astronomy classes for non-science majors. In the collaborative two-stage exam setting, students first completed an exam individually, and then they reconsidered a subset of exam…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Group Testing, Introductory Courses, Astronomy
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Chastenay, Pierre; Riopel, Martin – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2019
Based on the results of an online survey of 500 Québec's elementary (K-6) teachers conducted in 2015 that probed the way respondents teach astronomy to their classrooms, their background in S&T, their pre-service education, their aims and goals for astronomy teaching, their attitude toward teaching astronomy, the resources and materials they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Astronomy, Science Instruction
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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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Chastenay, Pierre – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
To determine the extent of astronomy teaching in Quebec's schools, we conducted an online survey of 500 Québec's elementary (K-6) teachers between January and March 2015. With a 35-items questionnaire, we wanted to find out how these elementary teachers teach astronomy (or not) to their classrooms, what is their background in Science &…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Blake, Mel; McKee, James; Statom, Richard; Qiu, Chiong; Menapace, Francis – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Micrometeorites originate from small pieces of rock from space colliding with the Earth's atmosphere at high velocity, such as the Perseid meteors which hit the atmosphere at 60 km/s. When they do so, they burn up, causing a flash of light that we see as a meteor. Many groups have been successful collecting these particles using various devices.…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Scientific Research, Data Collection, Astronomy
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Atkins, Rachel M.; McNeal, Karen S. – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
Communicating climate information is challenging due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic along with compounding cognitive and affective learning challenges. Graphs are a common representation used by scientists to communicate evidence of climate change. However, it is important to identify how and why individuals on the continuum of…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Reading Processes, Climate, Graphs
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Zellner, Nicolle – Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 2018
An introductory Astronomy survey course is often taken to satisfy a college graduation requirement for non-science majors at colleges around the United States. In this course, material that can be broadly categorized into topics related to "the sky", "the Solar System", "the Galaxy", and "cosmology" is…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Nonmajors, Astronomy
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