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Astronomy leads to an understanding of the history and nature of science, and attracts many young people to education in science and technology. But while in many countries astronomy is not part of the standard curriculum, many scientific and educational societies and government agencies have produced materials and educational resources in astronomy for all educational levels. This volume highlights the general strategies for effective teaching and introduces innovative points of view regarding methods of teaching and learning, particularly those using new technologies. Technology is used in astronomy, both for obtaining observations and for teaching. The book also presents ideas for how astronomy can be connected to environmental issues and other topics of public interest. This valuable overview is based on papers and posters presented by many of the world's leading astronomy educators at a Special Session of the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Prague in 2006.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviews from Teaching and Learning Astronomy by Jay M. Pasachoff and John R. Percy: 'What makes this book special is the care that has gone into articulating why astronomy education is important and why it is necessary to better train and support preservice and in-service science teachers. This book is a must-have for anyone working to add astronomy to any curriculum or to persuade funders to invest in science education ... it is a book that will give the experienced astronomy educator some novel activities, new resource lists, and well-argued reasons to introduce astronomy to as many minds as possible.' Astronomy Education Review

'The editors are enthusiastic and prolific writers and this book is a well presented collection of papers, posters and discussions highlighting the importance of astronomy in national curricula from primary to tertiary level. [This is] an in-depth, well argued and persuasive text which I would hope could be essential reading for any with a remit in science education and particularly curriculum advisers and policy makers in national education. For others this is a reassuring read, seeing that internationally the importance of astronomy education is being realised.' Astronomy Now

'The papers present highly interesting accounts of work in progress or critical reviews of past efforts and form a valuable resource of astronomical education. The sectional editorials are full of wisdom and good sense. [The contributors have] provided a service for all who are working to promote and improve astronomical education.' The Observatory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521880152
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay M. Pasachoff is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, and was President of the Commission on Education and Development of the International Astronomical Union.

Rosa M. Ros is Professor of Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona and Vice-President of the International Astronomical Union's Commission on Education and Development.

Naomi Pasachoff is a Research Associate at Williams College and an author of science textbooks and biographies of scientists.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I General strategies for effective teaching 1

Introduction 3

1 Main objectives for the meeting on innovation in teaching/learning astronomy Jay M. Pasachoff Rosa M. Ros 11

2 Learning astronomy by doing astronomy John R. Percy 13

3 Hands-On Universe - Europe (EU-HOU) Roger Ferlet 23

4 Life on Earth in the atmosphere of the Sun: a multimedia manual E. V. Kononovich T. V. Matvejchuk O. B. Smirnova G. V. Jakunina S. A. Krasotkin 27

5 A model of teaching astronomy to pre-service teachers Bill MacIntyre 32

6 How to teach, learn about, and enjoy astronomy Rosa M. Ros 39

7 Clickers: a new teaching tool of exceptional promise Douglas Duncan 48

8 Educational opportunities in pro-am collaboration Richard Tresch Fienberg Robert Stencel 55

9 Teaching history of astronomy to second-year engineering students at the University of Chile Jose Maza 58

10 Teaching the evolution of stellar and Milky Way concepts through the ages: a tool for the construction of a scientific culture using astrophysics G. Theureau L. Klein 62

11 International Astronomical Union - education programs Jay M. Pasachoff 70

12 Astronomy in culture Magda Stavinschi 75

13 Light pollution: a tool for astronomy education Margarita Metaxa 85

14 Worldwide distance-learning university astronomy Stewart Eyres Barbara Hassall Ian Butchart 91

15 Edible astronomy demonstrations Donald Lubowich 98

16 Amateur astronomers as public outreach partners Michael A. Bennett 106

17 Does the Sun rotate around Earth or does Earth rotate around the Sun? An important aspect of science education Syuzo Isobe 110

18 Using sounds and sonifications for astronomy outreach Fernando J.Ballesteros Bartolo Luque 113

19 Teaching astronomy and the crisis in science education Nick Lomb Toner Stevenson 116

20 Astronomy for all as part of a general education J. E. F. Baruch D. G. Hedges J. Machell K. Norris C. J. Tallon 122

21 Cosmic deuterium and social networking software Jay M. Pasachoff Terry-Ann K. Suer Donald A. Lubowich Tom Glaisyer 128

Poster highlights 132

Astronomy in the laboratory Bunji Suzuki 132

Crayon-colored planets: using children's drawings as guides for improving astronomy teaching Ana Beatriz de Mello D. N. Epitacio Pereira E. A. M. Gonzalez R. V. Nader B. C. G. Lima 134

Challenges of astronomy: classification of eclipses S. Vidojevic S. Segan 135

Malargue light pollution: a study carried out by measuring real cases B. Garcia A. Risi M. Santander A. Cicero A. Pattini M. A. Canton L. Corica C. Martinez M. Endrizzi L. Ferron 135

Simple, joyful, instructive: ignite the joy for astronomy Yasuharu Hanaoka Shinpei Shibata 138

Successive innovative methods in introducing astronomy courses Tapan K. Chatterjee 139

The 2005 annular eclipse: a classroom activity at EPLA Herminia Filgaira-Alcala 139

The Armagh Observatory Human Orrery M. E. Bailey D. J. Asher A. A. Christou 140

What mathematics is hidden behind the astronomical clock of Prague? Michal Krizek Alena Solcova Lawrence Somer 142

Solar System - Practical Exercises and Astronomy - Practical Works for secondary scholars Aleksandar S. Tomic 143

Astronomy in the training of teachers and the role of practical rationality in sky observation Paulo S. Bretones M. Compiani 143

Part II Connecting astronomy with the public 145

Introduction 147

22 The IAU Working Group on communicating astronomy with the public: status report Dennis R. Crabtree Lars Lindberg Christensen Ian Robson 151

23 Astronomy outreach: informal education Julieta Fierro 156

24 Integrating audio and video podcasting into existing E/PO programs Aaron Price 160

25 The IAU's communication strategy, hands-on science communication, and the communication of the planet definition discussion Lars Lindberg Christensen 163

26 Getting a word in edgeways: the survival of discourse in audiovisual astronomy T. J. Mahoney 177

27 A critical evaluation of the new Hall of Astronomy of the University of Mexico Science Museum Silvia Torres-Peimbert Consuelo Doddoli 183

28 Revitalizing astronomy teaching through research on student understanding Timothy F. Slater 189

29 The TENPLA project (1): popularization of astronomy under cooperation between students and educators in Japan M. Hiramatsu K. Kamegai N. Takanashi K. Tsukada 198

30 The TENPLA project (2): activities for the popularization of astronomy K. Kamegai M. Hiramatsu N. Takanashi K. Tsukada 199

Poster highlights 203

An astronomer in the classroom: Observatoire de Paris's partnership between teachers and astronomers Alain Doressoundiram Caroline Barban 203

Astronomy and space sciences in Portugal: communication and education Pedro Russo Mariana Barrosa 204

Gemini Observatory outreach Maria Antonieta Garcia 204

Part III Effective use of instruction and information technology 207

Introduction 209

31 ESO's astronomy education program Douglas Pierce-Price Claus Madsen Henri Boffin Gonzalo Argandona 212

32 US student astronomy research and remote observing projects Mary Ann Kadooka James Bedient Sophia Hu Rosa Hemphill Karen J. Meech 218

33 A global network of autonomous observatoires dedicated to student research Richard Gelderman 226

34 Remote telescopes in education: report of an Australian study David H. McKinnon Lena Danaia 233

35 Visualizing large astronomical data holdings C. Christian A. Conti N. Gaffney 243

Poster highlights 245

An educational CD-ROM based on the making of the Second Guide Star Catalogue R. L. Smart G. Bernardi A. Vecchiato 245 portal as a partner for projects aimed at students or the public Krzysztof Czart Jan Pomierny 245

Development of a remote cooperative observation system for telescopes with P2P agent network by using location information Takuya Okamoto Seiichi X. Kato Yuji Konishi Masato Soga 247

Image processing for educators in Global Hands-On Universe James P. Miller C. R. Pennypacker G. L. White 248

The Pomona College undergraduate 1-meter telescope, astronomy laboratory, and remote observing program B. E. Penprase 250

Part IV Practical issues connected with the implementation of the 2003 IAU resolution on the Value of Astronomy Education, passed by the IAU General Assembly, 2003 251

Introduction 253

36 Stellar evolution for students of Moscow University E. V. Kononovich I. V. Mironova 258

37 Astronomy for everybody: an approach from the CASAO/NAUH view Maria Cristina Pineda de Carias 262

38 Toward a new program in astronomy education in secondary schools in Turkey Z. Aslan Z. Tunca 272

39 Universe awareness for young children: some educational aspects and a pilot project Cecilia Scorza George Miley Carolina Odman Claus Madsen 276

40 Education in Egypt and Egyptian response to eclipses Ahmed A. Hady 281

41 Astronomy in the cultural heritage of African societies Paul Baki 288

42 Education at the Pierre Auger Observatory: movies as a tool in science education Beatriz Garcia Cristina Raschia 293

43 Freshman seminars: interdisciplinary engagements in astronomy Mary Kay Hemenway 300

44 Astronomy for teachers Julieta Fierro 306

45 Daytime utilization of a university observatory for laboratory instruction John R. Mattox 310

Poster highlights 315

Astronomy education in the Republic of Macedonia O. Galbova G. Apostolovska 315

L'Aula del Cel: communicating astronomy at school level A. T. Gallego A. Ortiz-Gil M. Gomez Collado 315

Gemini Observatory's innovative education and outreach for 2006 and beyond Janice Harvey 316

A history of astronomy teaching in Serbian schools S. Vidojevic S. Segan 317

News from the Cosmos: daily astronomical news web page in Spanish Amelia Ortiz-Gil 317

Reproduction of William Herschel's metallic mirror telescope N. Okamura S. Hirabayashi A. Ishida A. Komori M. Nishitani 318

History of Ukrainian culture and science in astronomical toponymy Iryna B. Vavilova 321

The Universe: helping to promote astronomy Rosa M. Ros Javier Moldon Vara 321

Astronomy education in Ukraine, the school curriculum, and a lecture course at Kyiv Planetarium N. S. Kovalenko K. I. Churyumov E. V. Dirdovskaya 323

Conclusions 324

Author index 325

Index 329

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