Teaching and Learning Astronomy: Effective Strategies for Educators Worldwide

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Based on papers and posters presented by experts at a Special Session of the International Astronomical Union, this volume highlights the many places for astronomy in the curriculum. It covers relevant education research and "best practice"; strategies for pre-service and in-service teacher education; the use of the Internet and other technologies; and the role that planetariums, observatories, science centers, and organizations can play. It concludes by addressing how the teaching and learning of astronomy can be improved worldwide.
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“Articles present strategies and resources for reforming national science curricula and teacher training as well as for working with primary, secondary, and college students in both developing and developed nations. Helpful ideas for anyone currently teaching, planning to teach, or interested in promoting astronomy in the science curriculum.”

"This is not a book for light reading or glossy pictures but an in-depth, well argued and persuasive text."
Astronomy Now

"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. Teaching and Learning Astronomy is a conference proceeding that effectively combines articles on personal experiences in the classroom, massive multi-institute studies, and persuasive rhetoric. 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 Educational Review

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521115391
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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

John Percy is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and of Science Education, at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is a past President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Education and Development.

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Table of Contents

1 Why astronomy is useful and should be included in the school curriculum 10
2 Astronomy and mathematics education 14
3 Engaging gifted science students through astronomy 27
4 Astronomy education research down under 44
5 A contemporary review of K-16 astronomy education research 58
6 Implementing astronomy education research 66
7 The Astronomy Education Review : report on a new journal 80
8 Textbooks for K-12 astronomy 97
9 Distance/Internet astronomy education 104
10 Pre-service astronomy education of teachers 139
11 In-service astronomy education of teachers 146
12 Astronomy, pseudoscience and rational thinking 164
13 Astronomical pseudosciences in North America 172
14 Teaching astronomy in other cultures : archeoastronomy 181
15 Astronomy curriculum for developing countries 197
16 Science education resources for developing countries 206
17 What makes informal education programs successful? : (total solar eclipse 2001 - live from Africa) 217
18 The role of science centers and planetariums 221
19 Science education for the new century - a European perspective 227
20 Communicating astronomy to the public 235
21 A short overview of astronomical education carried out by the IAU 249
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