Astronomy Education Research Primer

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Conducting Astronomy Education Research: A Primer Among all scientists, astronomers are some of the most highly trained observers and data analysts. Now, as international attention is being focused on how we as a society go about educating our youth in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering domains, many astronomers are turning their skills toward understanding the teaching and learning of astronomy, and science in general. This book is written for astronomers who want to learn more about how science ...

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Overview

Conducting Astronomy Education Research: A Primer Among all scientists, astronomers are some of the most highly trained observers and data analysts. Now, as international attention is being focused on how we as a society go about educating our youth in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering domains, many astronomers are turning their skills toward understanding the teaching and learning of astronomy, and science in general. This book is written for astronomers who want to learn more about how science education research is done and how to begin studying the teaching and learning of astronomy. The book provides fruitful research designs and effective data collection and analysis strategies, and points readers to avenues for publishing scholarly work in astronomy education research. The authors, long-time contributors to the astronomy education research community, provide rubber-meets-the-road guidance to both first-time and experienced researchers to get projects off the ground and into the scholarly literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429264099
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 3

Preface 7

How to Use This Book 11

1 Introduction: Why Does a Scientist Need to Read a Book about (Education) Research? 15

2 Research Design: The Question is the Thing 23

3 Big Ideas to Start With: What Do We Already Know about Teaching and Learning? 33

4 Quantitative Methods: Show Me the Numbers 47

5 Qualitative arid Interpretive Methods: Revealing Understanding 67

6 Publishing: We Celebrate Galileo Because He Bothered to Write it Down 85

7 Evaluation and Action Research: Investigations with Different Purposes 89

Wrapping It Up: Where Do We Go From Here? 97

References 99

Appendices

A Test Of Astronomy STandards (TOAST) Instrument 107

B Attitudes Toward Science Inventory (ATSI) 117

C Research Involving Human Subjects (IRB) 119

D About the Authors 123

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